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?
I did not, it is true, like my position in his house; but being freed from the annoyance of false professions and double-dealing I could endure it, especially as no heroic sentiment of hatred or jealousy of the director distracted my philosophical soul; he had not, I found, wounded me in a very tender point, the wound was so soon and so radically healed, leaving only a sense of contempt for the treacherous fashion in which it had been inflicted, and a lasting mistrust of the hand which I had detected attempting to stab in the dark.
We are not come here, sir, to exchange hypocritical expressions of politeness, or false professions of friendship," said Albert, "but to demand an explanation.
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 our world's confusion of all the false professions of faith and self-serving offerings of charity, he was a force for good, a symbol of the generosity of spirit so often lacking in our religious, educational, and (especially) political leaders we look to for guidance.