having two faces.
deceitful or hypocritical.

Compare Janus-faced.

Origin of two-faced

First recorded in 1610–20
Related formstwo-fac·ed·ly [too-fey-sid-lee, -feyst-lee] /ˈtuˈfeɪ sɪd li, -ˈfeɪst li/, adverbtwo-fac·ed·ness, noun

Synonyms for two-faced Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for two-faced

Contemporary Examples of two-faced

  • He argues that the Islamists are two-faced and engage in doublespeak.

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Historical Examples of two-faced

British Dictionary definitions for two-faced



deceitful; insincere; hypocritical
Derived Formstwo-facedly (ˌtuːˈfeɪsɪdlɪ, -ˈfeɪst-), adverbtwo-facedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for two-faced

also two faced, "deceitful," 1610s.

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