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Answer for the clue "A hypocrite who pretends to religious piety (after the protagonist in a play by Moliere)", 8 letters:
tartuffe

Alternative clues for the word tartuffe

Molière hypocrite

Word definitions for tartuffe in dictionaries

The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
Tartuffe \Tar*tuffe"\, Tartufe \Tar*tufe"\, n. [F. tartufe.] A hypocritical devotee. See the Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction.

Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
n. A religious hypocrite

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary Word definitions in Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"pretender to piety," 1670s, from name of the principal character in the comedy by Molière (1664), apparently from Old French tartuffe "truffle" (see truffle ), perhaps chosen for suggestion of concealment (Tartuffe is a religious hypocrite), or "in allusion...

Wikipedia Word definitions in Wikipedia
Tartuffe, or The Impostor, or The Hypocrite (; , ), first performed in 1664, is one of the most famous theatrical comedies by Molière . The characters of Tartuffe, Elmire, and Orgon are considered among the greatest classical theatre roles.

Usage examples of tartuffe.

Her pretense of love to Tartuffe is a performance for Orgon, whom she wishes to restore to his proper role as husband and head of the family by leaving to him the decision to save her.

I suspect Tartuffe Opposes it, and puts my father up To all these wretched shifts.

If his Tartuffe has charmed him so, why let him Just marry him himself--no one will hinder.

Mister Tartuffe, sure, take it all in all, Is not a man to sneeze at--oh, by no means!

She has some influence with this Tartuffe, He makes a point of heeding all she says, And I suspect that he is fond of her.

Further audiences are implied by the play, including people outside the family unit who, we are aware, may hold Tartuffe in esteem, religious people who practice their faith more sincerely than he, and, ultimately, authorities who perceive him as a criminal.

Lionel Gossman argues that Orgon uses Tartuffe in order to solidify and extend his own power over his family, and he traces the political implications of that possibility.

Rather than seeking to gain power through Tartuffe, Orgon may seek to relinquish responsibility.

He is willing to hand Tartuffe his daughter, his secrets, his property, and almost his wife.

If Tartuffe can be seen as an embodiment of religion, or of a certain kind of religion, the significance of his appeal to Orgon becomes apparent.

The complete faith Orgon reposes in Tartuffe requires a certainty that cannot be found in human affairs.

Elmire has, according to Dorine, sent for Tartuffe to explore his attitude towards his projected marriage with Mariane.

He has sacrificed his son to Tartuffe and plans to sacrifice his daughter, raising the question whether he will sacrifice his wife, a question that becomes more pressing as he continues not to appear.

There is an earlier fear that Tartuffe himself may detect her, for he seems initially suspicious.

Orgon has erred in his excessive trust of Tartuffe, Tartuffe has been excessive in his trust of Elmire.