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Hypocrisy

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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 ?
Soon thou wilt be a courtier, if thou keep long at this turning of pretty compliments," said the girl coldly; "and I like not courtiers, nor their empty, hypocritical chatter.
You can let him think, if you will, that she is tarred with the same brush as those infamous and hypocritical relatives of hers who sent her father out to die.
Cornelius did not accept of this hypocritical protection, and in a last answer, which he set forth with the noble bearing of a martyr and the calm serenity of a righteous man, he said, --
Grave and humorous, simple and cunning, honest and hypocritical, proud and independent--every phase of him is to be found in Burns's poems.
retorted Ralph, testily; 'yes, and he did it well, and carries it off with a hypocritical face and a sanctified air, but you
When Richardson's 'Pamela' appeared Fielding was disgusted with what seemed to him its hypocritical silliness, and in vigorous artistic indignation he proceeded to write 'The History of Joseph Andrews,' representing Joseph as the brother of Pamela and as a serving-man, honest, like her, in difficult circumstances.
Go and be hanged somewhere else,' is a saying which seems to be dictated by an unpraiseworthy generosity of feeling; but at the bottom it is nothing but a hypocritical formula--a sort of veil which we throw over our own selfishness.
If you are noble, I will love you: if you are not, I will not hurt you and myself by hypocritical attentions.
The children knew Levin very little, and could not remember when they had seen him, but they experienced in regard to him none of that strange feeling of shyness and hostility which children so often experience towards hypocritical, grown-up people, and for which they are so often and miserably punished.
as she supposed) the flinty and hypocritical character of Mr Riah.
Mr Chuckster alone was left behind--greatly to his indignation; for he held the evidence he could have given, relative to Kit's returning to work out the shilling, to be so very material as bearing upon his hypocritical and designing character, that he considered its suppression little better than a compromise of felony.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The latest report on the situation in Ukraine by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is not objective and is hypocritical, the official representative of Russia's Foreign Ministry, Aleksandr Lukashevich, stated.