On this page, we are going to explain you all the things you ever wanted to know about the basic French saying “L’habit ne fait pas le moine”.
Are included a complete guide of what it is and how you can use it in a casual conversation with an audio example. Along with the cool things we added like synonyms, slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example and more!
It literally means:
Used for the first time in the 13th century by the Pope Gregory IX, this proverb finds its origin in the behavior of the monks of the time. Most of them were behaving completely against their principles (drinking, killing, stealing…) without the slightest remorse.
It is from there that the expression “L’habit ne fait pas le moine” was born, which means that we should not trust appearances.
The next time you see someone judging a person based on his/her clothes, you can use “L’habit ne fait pas le moine.” as a reminder that appearances can be misleading and shouldn’t be trusted.
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