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

Learn More About whited sepulcher

Time Traveler for whited sepulcher

Time Traveler

The first known use of whited sepulcher was in 1530

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near whited sepulcher

white dogwood

whited sepulcher

white dwarf

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for whited sepulcher

Cite this Entry

“Whited sepulcher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whited%20sepulcher. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Eponyms: Words Named After People

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!