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On 2/04/2010 8:42 AM, Dennis King wrote:
> The word for "hypocrite" in Mod. Irish is "fimíneach".  It is found 
> without the long 'í' as far back as Edward Lhuyd's Focloir 
> Gaoidheilge-Shagsonach (1707), which was based on a Latin-Irish 
> dictionary completed by Risdeard Pluincéad in 1662. I can't find any 
> trace of it in DIL as fimineach / fiminech / fimenach, nor searching 
> with "hypocrite".
>
> Does anyone happen to know the origin of the word?  It doesn't have 
> that garden-variety look to it.  A ghost word in origin?

Not I. But I note that it turns up in Dwelly's (Sottish) Gaelic 
Dictonary as 'fimeanach'.

Neil