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ˈhɪp ə krɪthyp·ocrite

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hypocrite, dissembler, dissimulator, phony, phoney, pretendernoun

    a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives


  1. hypocritenoun

    Someone who practices hypocrisy, who pretends to hold beliefs, or whose actions are not consistent with their claimed beliefs.

  2. Etymology: ypocrite, from hypocrita, from ὑποκριτής, from ὑποκρίνομαι

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HYPOCRITEnoun

    A dissembler in morality or religion.

    Etymology: hypocrite, French; ὑϖοϰϱιτὴς.

    He heartily prays some occasion may detain us longer: I dare swear he is no hypocrite, but prays from his heart. William Shakespeare.

    A wise man hateth not the law; but he that is an hypocrite therein, is as a ship in a storm. Ecclus. xxxiii. 3.

    Fair hypocrite, you seek to cheat in vain;
    Your silence argues, you ask time to reign. Dryden.

    The making religion necessary to interest might increase hypocrisy; but if one in twenty should be brought to true piety, and nineteen be only hypocrites, the advantage would still be great. Jonathan Swift.

    Beware, ye honest: the third circling glass
    Suffices virtue: but may hypocrites,
    Who slily speak one thing, another think,
    Hateful as hell, still pleas’d unwarn’d drink on,
    And through intemp’rance grow a while sincere. Phillips.


  1. hypocrite

    Hypocrisy is the practice of engaging in the same behavior or activity for which one criticizes another or the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform. In moral psychology, it is the failure to follow one's own expressed moral rules and principles. According to British political philosopher David Runciman, "Other kinds of hypocritical deception include claims to knowledge that one lacks, claims to a consistency that one cannot sustain, claims to a loyalty that one does not possess, claims to an identity that one does not hold". American political journalist Michael Gerson says that political hypocrisy is "the conscious use of a mask to fool the public and gain political benefit".Hypocrisy has been a subject of folk wisdom and wisdom literature from the beginnings of human history. Increasingly, since the 1980s, it has also become central to studies in behavioral economics, cognitive science, cultural psychology, decision making, ethics, evolutionary psychology, moral psychology, political sociology, positive psychology, social psychology, and sociological social psychology.


  1. hypocrite

    A hypocrite is a person who pretends to hold certain beliefs, attitudes, or principles that they do not actually possess or follow, often showing inconsistency between their actions and their stated values or moral standards.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hypocritenoun

    one who plays a part; especially, one who, for the purpose of winning approbation of favor, puts on a fair outside seeming; one who feigns to be other and better than he is; a false pretender to virtue or piety; one who simulates virtue or piety

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hypocrite

    hip′o-krit, n. one who practises hypocrisy.—adj. Hypocrit′ical, practising hypocrisy.—adv. Hypocrit′ically. [Fr.,—L.,—Gr. hypokritēs.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A horse dealer. From Grk. _hippos_, horse, and _kroteo_, to beat. One who beats you on a horse trade. Home is where the mortgage is. I Aim at a chorus-girl and you may hit a star.--_Stage-Door Secrets_. ICE A substance frequently associated with a tumble in winter, a tumbler in summer, and a skate the year around.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hypocrite in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hypocrite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of hypocrite in a Sentence

  1. Don Marquis:

    A hypocrite is a person who--but who isn't

  2. Donna Brazile:

    I hope Bill Clinton starts talking about women's issues so that voters can see what a hypocrite he is and how Hillary abused those women! you can't put this under the rug. It's out there. So yes, deal with it. But you know, we can also says it's an old issue, this election is about the future... If Donald Trump wants to go in the sewer and play this game, do it.

  3. Reality TV star Josh Duggar:

    I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife.

  4. Marcus Aurelius:

    Never value anything as profitable that compels you to break your promise, to lose your self-respect, to hate any man, to suspect, to curse, to act the hypocrite, to desire anything that needs walls and curtains.

  5. Samuel Johnson:

    No man is a hypocrite in his pleasures.

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