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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 ?
No, no,' says her friend, 'I can assure you Sir is no hypocrite, he is really an honest, sober gentleman, and he has certainly been robbed.
He could see no change, save that in the eyes there was a look of cunning and in the mouth the curved wrinkle of the hypocrite.
But do not think that by praising these I am disparaging the others; all I mean to say is that the penances of those of the present day do not come up to the asceticism and austerity of former times; but it does not follow from this that they are not all worthy; at least I think them so; and at the worst the hypocrite who pretends to be good does less harm than the open sinner.
Let the advocates of a falsely called Philanthropy plead as they may for the abrogation of the Irregular Penal Laws, I for my part have never known an Irregular who was not also what Nature evidently intended him to be -- a hypocrite, a misanthropist, and, up to the limits of his power, a perpetrator of all manner of mischief.
It was indeed Musqueton -- Musqueton, as fat as a pig, rolling about with rude health, puffed out with good living, who, recognizing D'Artagnan and acting very differently from the hypocrite Bazin, slipped off his horse and approached the officer with his hat off, so that the homage of the assembled crowd was turned toward this new sun, which eclipsed the former luminary.
Grounds I you shall have them; and turn to the light that I may see your brazen face blush black, when you hear yourself proved to be a liar and a hypocrite.
I say that old Mazarino Mazarini is a hypocrite, who burns impatiently to make his niece Queen of France.
Brother," resumed the hypocrite, "you are so good to me, and you give me such wise counsels that I always return to you.
To add to the fiendishness of their cruel savagery was the poignant memory of still crueler barbarities practiced upon them and theirs by the white officers of that arch hypocrite, Leopold II of Belgium, because of whose atrocities they had fled the Congo Free State--a pitiful remnant of what once had been a mighty tribe.
He is a hypocrite, a rascal who has himself roused the people to riot.
If I had been the vilest hypocrite living, I doubt even then if my face could have kept my secret while my mind was full of Benjamin's letter.
Yet I could not but perceive that she was at times unhappy and dissatisfied with herself or her position, and truly I myself was not quite contented with the latter: this assumption of brotherly nonchalance was very hard to sustain, and I often felt myself a most confounded hypocrite with it all; I saw too, or rather I felt, that, in spite of herself, 'I was not indifferent to her,' as the novel heroes modestly express it, and while I thankfully enjoyed my present good fortune, I could not fail to wish and hope for something better in future; but, of course, I kept such dreams entirely to myself.