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Tartuffe (2 syl.)

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The principal character of Molière’s comedy so called. The original was the Abbé de Roquette, a parasite of the Prince de Condé. It is said that the name is from the Italian tartuffoli (truffles), and was suggested to Molière on seeing the sudden animation which lighted up the faces of certain, monks when they heard that a seller of truffles awaited their orders. Bicker-staff’s play, The Hypocrite, is an English version of Tartuffe.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Tarentella or Tarantella
Tariff
Tarpaulins or Tars
Tarpeian Rock
Tarred
Tarring and Feathering
Tarrinzean Field
Tartan Plaid
Tartar
Tartaros (Greek), Tartarus (Latin)
Tartuffe
Tassel-Gentle
Tasselled Gentleman
Tatianists
Tatterdemalion
Tattoo
Tattoo (To)
Tau
Taurus [the Bull]
Tawdry
Tawny (The)

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Tartuffe