Meaning of Janus-faced

Ja•nus-faced

Pronunciation: ( jā'nus-fāst"), [key]
— adj.
  1. having two faces, one looking forward, one looking backward, as the Roman deity Janus.
  2. having two contrasting aspects, as the alternation of mood in a capricious person.
  3. two-faced; deceitful.
  4. aware of or concerned with polarities; seeing different and contrasting aspects: a Janus-faced view of history.
  5. having or containing contrasting characteristics: a Janus-faced policy.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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