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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hypocriticaladjective

    professing feelings or virtues one does not have

    "hypocritical praise"


  1. hypocriticaladjective

    Characterized by hypocrisy or being a hypocrite.

  2. Etymology: From hypocritic + -al, from ὑποκριτικός, from ὑποκριτής, from ὑποκρίνομαι, from ὑπό + κρίνω.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hypocritical, Hypocritickadjective

    Dissembling; insincere; appearing differently from the reality.

    Etymology: from hypocrite.

    Now you are confessing your enormities; I know it by that hypocritical, down-cast look. John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.

    Whatever virtues may appear in him, they will be esteemed an hypocritical imposture on the world; and in his retired pleasures, he will be presumed a libertine. John Rogers, Sermons.

    Let others skrew their hypocritick face. Jonathan Swift.


  1. hypocritical

    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. hypocritical

    Hypocritical refers to the behavior of a person who pretends to have beliefs, virtues, feelings, qualities, or standards that they do not actually possess, especially a person whose actions contradict their stated beliefs. It often involves the act of criticizing others for behaviors that one engages in as well.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hypocriticaladjective

    of or pertaining to a hypocrite, or to hypocrisy; as, a hypocriticalperson; a hypocritical look; a hypocritical action

  2. Etymology: [Gr. : cf. F. hypocritique.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hypocritical in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hypocritical in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of hypocritical in a Sentence

  1. Panos Kammenos:

    I asked for Mouzalas to resign on his own, to protect the government and leave, the effort to weaken the minister, who struggles every day to handle the refugee crisis, is irresponsible and hypocritical, particularly ahead of the upcoming EU leaders summit.

  2. Mary McCarthy:

    The American, if he has a spark of national feeling, will be humiliated by the very prospect of a foreigner's visit to Congress -- these, for the most part, illiterate hacks whose fancy vests are spotted with gravy, and whose speeches, hypocritical, unctuous, and slovenly, are spotted also with the gravy of political patronage, these persons are a reflection on the democratic process rather than of it; they expose it in its process rather than of it; they expose it in its underwear.

  3. Camille Paglia:

    Capitalism is an art form, an Apollonian fabrication to rival nature. It is hypocritical for feminists and intellectuals to enjoy the pleasures and conveniences of capitalism while sneering at it. Everyone born into capitalism has incurred a debt to it. Give Caesar his due.

  4. David Borenstein:

    Bush Sr. was a jerk, Quayle an idiot, Clinton was atrocious and disgusting, most of those who persecuted him were hypocritical, Gore is shallow and weak, Bradley is an idealist, Bush Jr. a fool, and all of the independent candidates act like they're on drugs.

  5. Shayne Elliott:

    It would be pretty hypocritical of me to ... do all this hoo-ha about digital banking and then not be at the forefront of change.

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