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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hypocrisy, lip service(noun)

    an expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction

  2. hypocrisy(noun)

    insincerity by virtue of pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not really have


  1. hypocrisy(Noun)

    the claim or pretense of holding beliefs, feelings, standards, qualities, opinions, virtues or motivations that one does not actually possess.

    Etymology: From ipocrisie, from ypocrisie, from hypocrisis, from ὑπόκρισις, from ὑποκρίνομαι, from ὑπό + the middle voice of κρίνω.

  2. hypocrisy(Noun)

    applying criticism to others that one does not apply equally to oneself; moral self-contradiction whereby the behavior of one or more people belies their own claimed or implied possession of certain beliefs, standards or virtues.

    Etymology: From ipocrisie, from ypocrisie, from hypocrisis, from ὑπόκρισις, from ὑποκρίνομαι, from ὑπό + the middle voice of κρίνω.

  3. hypocrisy(Noun)

    an instance of either of the above.

    Etymology: From ipocrisie, from ypocrisie, from hypocrisis, from ὑπόκρισις, from ὑποκρίνομαι, from ὑπό + the middle voice of κρίνω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hypocrisy(noun)

    the act or practice of a hypocrite; a feigning to be what one is not, or to feel what one does not feel; a dissimulation, or a concealment of one's real character, disposition, or motives; especially, the assuming of false appearance of virtue or religion; a simulation of goodness

    Etymology: [OE. hypocrisie, ypocrisie, OF. hypocrisie, ypocrisie, F. hypocrisie, L. hypocrisis, fr. Gr. "ypo`krisis the playing a part on the stage, simulation, outward show, fr. "ypokri`nesqai to answer on the stage, to play a part; "ypo` under + kri`nein to decide; in the middle voice, to dispute, contend. See Hypo-, and Critic.]


  1. Hypocrisy

    Hypocrisy is the state of pretending to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that one does not actually have. Hypocrisy involves the deception of others and is thus a kind of lie. Hypocrisy is not simply failing to practice those virtues that one preaches. Samuel Johnson made this point when he wrote about the misuse of the charge of "hypocrisy" in Rambler No. 14: Thus, an alcoholic's advocating temperance, for example, would not be considered an act of hypocrisy as long as the alcoholic made no pretense of sobriety.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hypocrisy

    hi-pok′ri-si, n. a feigning to be what one is not: concealment of true character. [Gr. hypokrisishypokrinesthai, to play on the stage, from hypo, under, krinein, to decide.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hypocrisy in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hypocrisy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of hypocrisy in a Sentence

  1. Anuj Somany:

    A person who is not true to his/her nice words is liked often by many; but one who says or does exactly as he means good to others is supported by hardly any. Such is the high level of the people's hypocrisy.

  2. Marc Short:

    I accept that today's story is an ironic one and shows hypocrisy and is a mistake, and the administration shouldn't have had government emails going to private emails servers.

  3. Corey Booker:

    We should be giving this person a hearing and an up or down vote, to not do so is violative of the United States Constitution. Now the tables are turned. Senate Republicans are in control of the Senate and the White House, and while a confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch hangs in the balance, the hypocrisy of The Democrats is on full display. Chuck Schumer, not the Senate Minority Leader, has had a change of heart. The Democrats intend to filibuster Judge Neil Gorsuch, meaning The Democrats ’ll need 60votes or a change of Senate rules to get through.

  4. Bernie Sanders:

    When President Donald Trump screams socialism, all of his hypocrisy will not be lost on the American people.

  5. Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi:

    Hypocrisy in anything whatever may deceive the cleverest and most penetrating man, but the least wide-awake of children recognizes it, and is revolted by it, however ingeniously it may be disguised.

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