Hypocrisy


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Hypocrisy

See also Pretension.
Alceste
judged most social behavior as hypocritical. [Fr. Lit.: Le Misanthrope]
Ambrosio
self-righteous abbot of the Capuchins at Madrid. [Br. Lit.: Ambrosio, or The Monk]
Angelo
externally austere but inwardly violent. [Br. Lit.: Measure for Measure]
Archimago
enchanter, disguised as hermit, wins confidence of Knight. [Br. Lit.: Faerie Queene]
Arsinoé
false prude. [Fr. Lit.: The Misanthrope]
Atar Gul
trusted domestic; betrays those he serves. [Fr. Lit.: Atar Gul, Walsh Modern, 32]
Bigotes
12th-century French order regarded as hypocritical. [Fr. Hist.: Espy, 99]
Blifil
Allworthy’s nephew; talebearer and consummate pietist. [Br. Lit.: Tom Jones]
Blood, Col. Thomas
(1628–1680) false in honor and religion. [Br. Lit.: Peveril of the Peak, Walsh Modern, 61]
Boulanger, Ralph
Emma’s lover pretends repentance to avoid commitment. [Fr. Lit.: Madame Bovary]
Boynton, Egeria
religious charlatan. [Am. Lit.: Undiscovered Country]
Buncombe County
insincere speeches made solely to please this constituency by its representative, 1819–1821. [Am. Usage: Misc.]
Célimène
ridicules people when absent; flatters them when present. [Fr. Lit.: Le Misanthrope]
Cantwell, Dr.
lives luxuriously by religious cant. [Br. Lit.: The Hypocrite, Brewer Handbook, 175]
Chadband, Rev.
pharisaic preacher; thinks he’s edifying his hearers. [Br. Lit.: Bleak House]
Christian, Edward
conspirator; false to everyone. [Br. Lit.: Peveril of the Peak, Walsh Modern, 96]
crocodile tears
crocodile said to weep after devouring prey. [Western Folklore: Jobes, 383; Mercatante, 9–10]
Dimmesdale, Arthur
acted the humble minister for seven years while former amour suffered. [Am. Lit.: The Scarlet Letter]
Gallanbiles, the
pretend piety on Sabbath but demand dinner. [Br. Lit.: Nicholas Nickleby]
Gantry, Elmer
ranting preacher succumbs to alcohol, fornication, theft, and cowardice. [Am. Lit.: Elmer Gantry]
Gashford
humble manner masks sly, shirking character. [Br. Lit.: Barnaby Rudge]
Goneril and Regan
to inherit their father’s possessions they falsely profess great love for him. [Br. Drama: Shakespeare King Lear]
Haskell, Eddie
gentleman with adults, troublemaker behind their backs. [TV: “Leave it to Beaver” in Terrace, II, 18–19]
Heep, Uriah
the essence of insincerity. [Br. Lit.: David Copperfield]
Honeythunder, Luke
his philanthropy hid animosity. [Br. Lit.: Edwin Drood]
Manders
self-righteous pastor agrees to blackmail. [Nor. Lit.: Ghosts]
Martext, Sir Oliver
a “most vile” hedge-priest. [Br. Lit.: As You Like It]
Mawworm
sanctimonious preacher. [Br. Lit.: The Hypocrite, Brewer Handbook, 687]
Mr. By-ends
embraces religion when it is easy to practice and to his advantage. [Br. Lit.: Bunyan Pilgrim’s Progress]
newspeak
official speech of Oceania; language of contradictions. [Br. Lit.: 1984]
Pecksniff
pretentious, unforgiving architect of double standards. [Br. Lit.: Martin Chuzzlewit]
Pharisees
sanctimonious lawgivers do not practise what they preach. [N.T.: Matthew 3:7; 23:1–15; Luke 18:9–14]
Potemkin village
false fronts constructed to deceive. [Russ. Hist.: Espy, 339]
Sainte Nitouche
sanctimonious and pretentious person (Fr. n’y touche). [Fr. Usage: Brewer Dictionary, 760]
Snawley
sanctimonious hypocrite; placed stepsons in Dotheboys Hall. [Br. Lit.: Nicholas Nickleby]
Square, Mr.
Tom’s tutor; spouts hypocritically about the beauty of virtue. [Br. Lit.: Tom Jones]
Surface, Joseph
pays lip service to high principles while engaging in treacherous intrigues. [Br. Drama: Sheridan The School for Scandal]
Tartuffe
swindles benefactor by pretending religious piety. [Fr. Lit.: Tartuffe]
Vicar of Bray
changes religious affiliation to suit reigning monarch. [Br. Folklore: Walsh Classical, 61]
Walrus
wept in sympathy for the oysters he and the Carpenter devoured. [Br. Lit.: Lewis Carroll Through the Looking-Glass]
Whelp, the
nickname for hypocritical Tom Gradgrind. [Br. Lit.: Hard Times]
whited sepulchres
analogy in Jesus’s denunciation of Pharisees’ sanctimony. [N.T.: Matthew 23:27]
References in classic literature ?
I'm sick of the hypocrisy that would bury alive a woman of her age if her husband prefers to live with harlots.
always to [1315a] seem particularly attentive to the worship of the gods; for from persons of such a character men entertain less fears of suffering anything illegal while they suppose that he who governs them is religious and reverences the gods; and they will be less inclined to raise insinuations against such a one, as being peculiarly under their protection: but this must be so done as to give no occasion for any suspicion of hypocrisy.
The old, who have seen through the hypocrisy of courts and statesmen, die and leave no wisdom to their sons.
His decent reticence is branded as hypocrisy, his circumlocutions are roundly called lies, and his silence is vilified as treachery.
But all this caressing hypocrisy did not have its usual effect on the severe elder brother.
Philip, with a faint smile at his own hypocrisy, cast down his eyes.
He rails at the order of things, but he imagines nothing different, even when he shows that its baseness, and cruelty, and hypocrisy are well-nigh inevitable, and, for most of those who wish to get on in it, quite inevitable.
They cooked their meat before they ate it and they shunned many articles of food as unclean that Tarzan had eaten with gusto all his life and so insidious is the virus of hypocrisy that even the stalwart ape-man hesitated to give rein to his natural longings before them.
He hated the hypocrisy with which he hoped for Scarlett Trent's better acquaintance and the latter's bluff acceptance of an invitation to look him up at his club.
Neither lying, nor cheating, nor hypocrisy was here.
There was a bit of lie in this attitude of mine, a bit of hypocrisy; but the lie and the hypocrisy were those of a man desiring to live.
No foible is too trifling for Chaucer's quiet observation; while if he does not choose to denounce the hypocrisy of the Pardoner and the worldliness of the Monk, he has made their weaknesses sources of amusement (and indeed object-lessons as well) for all the coming generations.