hollow-hearted love


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. insincere; deceitful; treacherous

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Insincere; deceitful; not sound and true; having a cavity or decayed spot within.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Insincere; deceitful; not sound or true.


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  • Should an investigation (a transparent one, mind you) reveal the hollow-hearted evil that too many assume true to just pooh-pooh, the retribution would not just be directed at a relatively well-protected him, but at the less-protected average U.S. citizen daring to move about the world.

    Look 'Pon The Devil's Brow...An Impossibility...

  • For all his supposed affability, he was reveling in being a mean-spirited, hollow-hearted jerk.

    Palpitations...And No Pride To Speak Of.

  • And as in meat and fruit there is this inward and hidden deceit, so likewise the same is to be found in the people that are born and bred there, who make fair outward shews, but are inwardly false and hollow-hearted.

    Pestilence and Headcolds: Encountering Illness in Colonial Mexico

  • Well (quoth Buffalmaco) this is but the tricke of an hollow-hearted friend, and not such as he protested himselfe to be, to us.

    The Decameron

  • It has almost been considered as culpable to evince toward him the least sympathy or support; and many a hollow-hearted caitiff have I seen, who basked in the sunshine of his bounty while in power, who now skulked from his side, and even mingled among the most clamorous of his enemies ..

    Washington Irving

  • Many wrongs have been encouraged because it was all right in the eyes of the hollow-hearted fashionable world.

    Marguerite Verne

  • We should not permit the principles of common-sense decorum to give place to the lawless vagaries of fancy and the hollow-hearted forms of artificial life.

    The Christian Home

  • It stigmatizes law as the machinery of injustice; it sneers at society as hollow-hearted corruption and insincerity; it brands politics as a reeking mass of rottenness, and scoffs at morality as the tinsel of sin.

    Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales

  • She allowed her hand to be sought by every empty-handed and empty-headed and hollow-hearted prince or noble in Europe, determined that each in his turn should go empty away; and so she played off princes against her own people, until the course of years had left no doubt that she had become, and must ever remain, indeed "a barren stock."

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, No. 57, July, 1862

  • The next night, in the absence of the jailer, he was released from prison by the pretended friendship of a false and hollow-hearted brother Mason.

    The Mysteries of Free Masonry Containing All the Degrees of the Order Conferred in a Master's Lodge


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