American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Hypocritical.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having two faces; two-faced; hence, double-dealing; deceitful.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Double-faced; deceitful.
- adj. having two faces--one looking to the future and one to the past
- adj. having or concerned with polarities or contrasts
- adj. marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another
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“But what we see on stage is curiously Janus-faced.”
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