It's someone who tends to be a nice person but hides something or there is something off about him. Sometimes, you meet this kind of people and you know that his/her kindness hides a darker side.

I thought about sly or shady but they seem a bit too much, however I might be wrong. Is deceitful the correct term or is there a more specific one?

Example :

"I don't like the new boss, his kindness hides something"

" I don't like the new boss, he is _____"


"Dissembler" might fit your requirement. Though you might have to tweak the sentence a bit. "I don't like the new boss, he seems to be a dissembler." This is because "seems to be" adds the connotations of having picked up such vibes from the person. "Is" implies more of a certain pronouncement on the character of the person.

  • Dissembler actually fits pretty well when you look at the definition. Its definition is exactly what I'm looking for. – Hawker65 Jan 17 '18 at 9:05

As an adjective, I would like to use








On the other hand, as a noun , I would use






How about "two-faced"?

two-faced is an adjective you can use to someone who acts one way at a certain time/situation but acts differently at another time/situation.

  • If you want more rep, try writing answers that will gain it. – Cascabel Jan 16 '18 at 16:31
  • Not quite. I think that a two-faced person is likely to betray you, but that is not the case. The person just wants to hide something. – Hawker65 Jan 16 '18 at 16:42

Sometimes, the answer is right under our noses. At least in my case, I would refer to this person as fake.

It requires some understanding of connotation, but in this case it lends itself quite easily:

"I don't like the new boss, his kindness hides something. Does he not seem fake to you?"

  • How could I miss this simple word? Simple, but effective. – Hawker65 Jan 17 '18 at 9:04

The first word that I thought of was smarmy:

  • smarmy - revealing or marked by a smug, ingratiating, or false earnestness

Also obsequious, although this implies that the speaker is a sycophant:

  • obsequious - marked by or exhibiting a fawning attentiveness
  • Not really. This person doesn't try to look superior or flatter anyone, he just wants to hide something. – Hawker65 Jan 16 '18 at 16:44

The entire thinking error goes kinda like this..."hides behind acts of kindness to commit atrocities." Now this is not exactly the way I saw it written which is why I'm asking.

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    This doesn't seem to be an answer to the question that was asked. – KillingTime Sep 8 at 16:07

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