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This week's theme: eponyms.
tartuffe (tahr-TOOF) noun
A hypocrite who feigns virtue, especially in religious matters.
[After the main character in Tartuffe, a play by Molière, pen name of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (1622-1673). As if to prove themselves, the religious authorities in Paris had the play banned soon after it was introduced.]
-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
"Tony Blair is like Harold Wilson, an empty vessel whose strength
derives from his emptiness. (Religion is so often a substitute
for depth.) Because he is a Tartuffe who does not really believe
in anything, he is brilliant at seizing advantage; when he can't
manipulate events, he surfs over them."
The living are soft and yielding; the dead are rigid and stiff. Living plants are flexible and tender; the dead are brittle and dry. -Lao Tzu, philosopher (6th century BCE)
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