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janus-faced


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Janus-faced  \Ja"nus-faced`\,  a. 
  Double-faced;  deceitful. 
 
  {Janus-faced  lock},  one  having  duplicate  faces  so  as  to  go 
  upon  a  right  or  a  left  hand  door,  the  key  entering  on 
  either  side  indifferently.  --Knight. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Janus-faced 
  adj  1:  having  or  concerned  with  polarities  or  contrasts;  "a 
  Janus-faced  view  of  history";  "a  Janus-faced  policy" 
  [syn:  {Janus-faced}] 
  2:  marked  by  deliberate  deceptiveness  especially  by  pretending 
  one  set  of  feelings  and  acting  under  the  influence  of 
  another;  "she  was  a  deceitful  scheming  little  thing"- 
  Israel  Zangwill;  "a  double-dealing  double  agent";  "a 
  double-faced  infernal  traitor  and  schemer"-  W.M.Thackeray 
  [syn:  {ambidextrous},  {deceitful},  {double-dealing},  {duplicitous}, 
  {Janus-faced},  {two-faced},  {double-faced},  {double-tongued}] 
  3:  having  two  faces--one  looking  to  the  future  and  one  to  the 
  past;  "Janus  the  two-faced  god"  [syn:  {Janus-faced},  {two-faced}] 




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