whited sepulcher

noun

Definition of whited sepulcher

: a person inwardly corrupt or wicked but outwardly or professedly virtuous or holy : hypocrite

First Known Use of whited sepulcher

1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for whited sepulcher

from the simile in Matthew 23:27

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“Whited sepulcher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whited%20sepulcher. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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