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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