Definitions

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

  • n. A hypocrite, especially one who affects religious piety.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A religious hypocrite

Etymologies

After the protagonist of Tartuffe, a play by Molière.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French, from the protagonist Tartuffe in the play of the same name by Molière (Wiktionary)

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  • Ha! Well, as you said on the merch page, Google got pwned.

    October 31, 2007

  • Okay, I'm back. Lots of Google hits. Guess my college wasn't as clever as it purported to be. But y'all will be happy to know that the fifth search result is the Wordie page. :-P

    October 31, 2007

  • I have no idea who Eilonwy is in real life, but I wasn't personally in the college theatre group... I meant, rather, the theatre group of the college which I attended. And I watched them perform Tartuffe. I did have a friend who was in that show. Perhaps Eilonwy is my friend? Alas, s/he seems to have moved on from Wordie and I may never find out...

    Nevertheless, I am going to Google Tartuffified and see what I can see.

    October 31, 2007

  • Maybe your college made it up, and it caught on, eh?

    October 31, 2007

  • Wait! Maybe you know Eilonwy and you're from the same college theatre group!

    October 31, 2007

  • Funny play. My college theatre group did a (modernized, I think) run of it and promoted it with fliers emblazoned with with "Get Tartuffified!" across the top.

    Edit: I am surprised to see that my linked word above is already listed, which leads me to believe my college didn't, in fact, make it up. I am crestfallen.

    October 31, 2007

  • a religious hypocrite. Named after the protagonist in Molière's play Tartuffe (1686).

    October 31, 2007