[ jey-nuhs-feyst ]
/ ˈdʒeɪ nəsˌfeɪst /
having two faces, one looking forward, one looking backward, as the Roman deity Janus.
having two contrasting aspects, as the alternation of mood in a capricious person.
aware of or concerned with polarities; seeing different and contrasting aspects: a Janus-faced view of history.
having or containing contrasting characteristics: a Janus-faced policy.
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British Dictionary definitions for Janus-faced
two-faced; hypocritical; deceitful
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