false profession

See: hypocrisy
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I was beginning to relent towards my wretched partner; to pity his forlorn, comfortless condition, unalleviated as it is by the consolations of intellectual resources and the answer of a good conscience towards God; and to think I ought to sacrifice my pride, and renew my efforts once again to make his home agreeable and lead him back to the path of virtue; not by false professions of love, and not by pretended remorse, but by mitigating my habitual coldness of manner, and commuting my frigid civility into kindness wherever an opportunity occurred; and not only was I beginning to think so, but I had already begun to act upon the thought - and what was the result?
Hamlin, "Misbelief, False Profession, and The Jew of Malta" (125-34); Deborah Willis, "Doctor Faustus and the Early Modern Language of Addiction" (135-48); Christine McCall Probes, "Rhetorical Strategies for a locus terribilis: Senses, Signs, Symbols, and Theological Allusion in Marlowe's The Massacre at Paris" (149-66); John Parker, "Barabas and Charles I" (167-84).
In an excellent display of the good use that can be made of literature in ethical discussion, the second chapter gives an interpretation of Anna Karenina as intended by Tolstoy to show the destructiveness of false professions of happiness, effectively raising the issue of the validity of self-reported data.