- (italics) a comedy (1664–69) by Molière.
- Also Tar·tufe. (often lowercase) a hypocritical pretender to piety.
Examples from the Web for tartuffe
The soul of Tartuffe had entered into the body of a sinner of the last century.The Library
The story of "Tartuffe" is briefly this: Tartuffe, the hero, is a pure villain.
Only tell him that I come from Mr. Tartuffe, for his benefit.
Madame Bordin interrupted him: "We know what a Tartuffe is."Bouvard and Pcuchet
She believed she saw in Mme. de Maintenon a Tartuffe in a sage-coloured gown.The Correspondence of Madame, Princess Palatine, Mother of the Regent; of Marie-Adlade de Savoie, Duchesse de Bourgogne; and of Madame de Maintenon, in Relation to Saint-Cyr
Charlotte-Elisabeth, duchesse d Orlans; Marie Adelaide, of Savoy, Duchess of Burgundy; and Madame de Maintenon
- a person who hypocritically pretends to be deeply pious
Word Origin and History for tartuffe
"pretender to piety," 1670s, from name of principal character in comedy by Molière (1664), apparently from Old French tartuffe "truffle," chosen for suggestion of concealment (Tartuffe is a religious hypocrite).