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fig leaf

noun

Simple Definition of fig leaf

  • : the leaf of a fig tree

  • : something that prevents embarrassment or criticism by covering or hiding something

Full Definition of fig leaf

  1. 1 :  the leaf of a fig tree

  2. 2 [from the use by Adam and Eve of fig leaves to cover their nakedness after eating the forbidden fruit (Gen. 3:7)] :  something that conceals or camouflages usually inadequately or dishonestly

Examples of fig leaf

  1. Opponents claim that the humanitarian goals of the project are just a fig leaf, and that its real purpose is to make money.



14th Century

First Known Use of fig leaf

14th century


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