Learn English – a word that means “someone who pretends to be your friend but is actually your enethe?”


What do you call someone who pretends to be your friend but is actually your enemy?

A friend suggested spy for me, but that does not nearly describe the word I need for an English project. The character is very good at manipulating how people see him. He's a good liar. And pretends to be your friend but actually is your enemy.

Best Answer

After you discover how he has turned on you, you might call him:

  • a false friend [not to be confused with the linguistic term of the same name]:
    not faithful or loyal : treacherous <a false friend> (m-w.com "false", def. 4a)
  • a traitor:
    one who betrays another's trust or is false to an obligation or duty (m-w.com def 1)
  • a backstabber:
    [one who engages in] betrayal (as by a verbal attack against one not present) especially by a false friend (m-w.com def. 1)
  • a double-crosser:
    to cheat or deceive (someone) especially by doing something that is different from what you said you would do (m-w.com def. 1)
  • a two-timer:
    1: a double-crosser
    2: one who betrays (a spouse or lover) by secret lovemaking with another (m-w.com)
  • disloyal:
    failing to support or be true to someone or something : not loyal or faithful to your friends, family, country, etc. (m-w.com)

  • perfidious:
    not able to be trusted : showing that someone cannot be trusted : characterized by perfidy (the act of betraying someone or something : the state of not being loyal) (m-w.com)

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