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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.

  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.

  3. hypocrisy(Noun)

    an instance of either of the above.

  4. Origin: 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

  2. Origin: [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. Thomas Wolfe:

    Making the world safe for hypocrisy.

  2. Edwin Hubbel Chapin:

    Ostentation is the signal flag of hypocrisy.

  3. Ambrose Bierce:

    Politeness, n. The most acceptable hypocrisy.

  4. Jason Chaffetz:

    The Obama hypocrisy on this issue is revealing.

  5. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul:

    What I was upset with Jeb Bush was his hypocrisy.

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