from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being double or doubled.
  • n. Duplicity; insincerity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being double or doubled.
  • n. Duplicity; insincerity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being double or doubled.
  • n. Duplicity; deceit.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

double +‎ -ness


  • But Garber's greatest strength is old-school close reading: she traces the idea of doubleness in "Macbeth" from the witches 'familiar incantation ( "Double, double, toil and trouble") to the hero's divided consciousness, and finding "The Tempest's" theme of cyclical repetition reflected even in the passing reference to Caliban's mother, the witch Sycorax, "with age and envy ... grown into a hoop."


  • In this way it came to pass that on the day of the Trial by Fire, the doubleness which is the pressing temptation in every public career, whether of priest, orator, or statesman, was more strongly defined in Savonarola's consciousness as the acting of a part, than at any other period in his life.


  • Bain referred to this as the "doubleness" of concepts.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol X No 4

  • a kind of doubleness and want of keeping to the whole.

    Brief History of English and American Literature

  • Said’s intellectual works hard to maintain a kind of doubleness — something akin, I think, to DuBois’ double consciousness in which African-Americans were compelled, he argued, to see society and the world as both Americans and simultaneously as Black people, this duality being a synthesis, and therefore greater than either perspective alone.

    June « 2006 « Bill Ayers

  • First of all, he's a master of doubleness--or as comedy theorists call it, verbal equivocation.

    Aaron Belz: Literary Twitter: @thesulk

  • Like everything else in this disappointing book, the theme of doubleness ... exerts no force.

    The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein: Summary and book reviews of The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein by Peter Ackroyd.

  • Given his ongoing obsession with doubleness – double agents, double lives – ironies are never lost on le Carré; among those he enjoys in this book is the implication that where the enemy of the British establishment once was Soviet communism, it now could be construed as Russian capitalism.

    Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carré

  • Directors, I say to him at one point, seem to see a duplicity in him, a useful doubleness.

    Vincent Kartheiser: 'I definitely do psychopathic. I don't try to, but it just sneaks out'

  • Reading Ship Breaker would have been an excellent experience anyway, but living in the area right now has really given the process surreal doubleness.

    SHIP BREAKER released


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.