Definition of two-faced in English:



  • Insincere and deceitful.

    ‘I soon learned that he was two-faced’
    ‘a two-faced liar’
    • ‘I've got a two-faced ex-girlfriend, two backstabbing cousins, and a best friend who isn't a best friend.’
    • ‘Ministers and loyalist deputies praised the speech, but opponents suggested he was being two-faced.’
    • ‘Their branch of show business (and, by implication, the entire British TV industry) is depicted as hypocritical and peopled by two-faced backstabbers only really interested in themselves.’
    • ‘But we've seen so much of this two-faced, double-standard so-called journalism that we should be used to it by now.’
    • ‘The casual cruelty of some of the dialogue - that mild, two-faced nastiness that one reserves solely for the people closest to us - is made all the more hilarious by our complicit and silent role as an invisible member of the family.’
    • ‘Ben went even further than Carlo, and openly accused the Queensland hairdresser of being a two-faced liar.’
    • ‘Have you noticed that western journalists seem a little two-faced at times?’
    • ‘I suggest that this attitude might come in pretty handy in the music business - a notoriously two-faced industry where companies will exploit talent in the name of making a few quid.’
    • ‘I know politics is all about being two-faced, but surely this one beats most.’
    • ‘How can Labour, with a straight face, call the Lib Dems two-faced?’
    • ‘Mired in allegations of financial irregularity during his time in government, which he has rejected as a Labour smear, he is one of the least favoured in the party membership, where he is regarded as, at best, hypocritical and two-faced.’
    • ‘Maybe, if I wanted others to like me I would be two-faced.’
    • ‘But on this matter of trade, conference, Europe is two-faced: demanding market opening from the poor, but practising protectionism to defend their own special interests.’
    • ‘I know this makes me sound two-faced but I guess it just goes to show what we would sacrifice when it comes to the people we love and that includes all our morals and standards.’
    • ‘She loves me, I love her, and no lying, two-faced, pathetic slime-ball like you can change that!’
    • ‘New Labour's attitude was typically two-faced.’
    • ‘It is also deeply unpleasant to realise that people can be so two-faced - sweetness and light in public, but dismissive and rude in private when out of earshot.’
    • ‘Well, if he is two-faced, self-centred, plausibly insincere, manipulative and insensitive… be concerned.’
    • ‘He's no hero to me - he's a two-faced hypocrite ’, she said.’
    • ‘She had never been able to abide two-faced liars, and would have brought shame upon her good name had she ever employed someone whom she did not feel she could trust with her life.’
    deceitful, insincere, double-dealing, hypocritical, back-stabbing, false, untrustworthy, duplicitous, janus-faced, deceiving, dissembling, dishonest
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