Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Hypocritical.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Double-faced; deceitful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having two faces; two-faced; hence, double-dealing; deceitful.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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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Examples

  • That Pakistan has been Janus-faced in its approach to fighting terrorism is hardly news.

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  • But what we see on stage is curiously Janus-faced.

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  • The Janus-faced fireplace's less ornate twin serves outdoor tables beneath a pergola.

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  • Thus, Chinese nationalism is a Janus-faced force that can and does move easily in both loyalist and oppositional directions.

    A Primer On China

  • Janus-faced nature of Romanticism's engagement with secularism and cosmopolitanism.

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  • Democrats have always had a much more Janus-faced posture with respect to the winner-take-all economy.

    Winner-Take-All Politics

  • In turn, this history illuminates the Janus-faced nature of nationalism, remarkable in its fluidity and ability to accommodate a wide spectrum of political agendas, from the radically democratic to the most conservative and insular.

    Arms and the Woman: Just Warriors and Greek Feminist Identity

  • The Janus-faced portrait has been placed on a pedestal at the center of the room and surrounded by marble sculptures by Bronzino's contemporaries, a subtle echo of what was once a heated dispute.

    Bronzino's Time to Shine

  • This is not a trivial question, but Pakistan has been Janus-faced for years in Afghanistan.

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  • Thus all three essays attest to the Janus-faced nature of romanticism's engagement with religion.

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