American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.
- n. An act or instance of such falseness.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Dissimulation of one's real character or belief; especially, a false assumption of piety or virtue; a feigning to be better than one is; the action or character of a hypocrite.
- n. Synonyms Pretense, cant, formalism, sanctimoniousness, Pharisaism. See dissemble, dissembler, and deceit.
- n. 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.
- n. an instance of either of the above.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. insincerity by virtue of pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not really have
- n. an expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction
- From Middle English ipocrisie, from Old French ypocrisie, from Late Latin hypocrisis, from Ancient Greek ὑπόκρισις (hupokrisis, "answer, stage acting, pretense"), from ὑποκρίνομαι (hupokrinomai, "I reply"), from ὑπό (hupo, "under, equivalent of the modern "hypo-" prefix") + the middle voice of κρίνω (krinō, "I separate, judge, decide"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English ipocrisie, from Old French, from Late Latin hypocrisis, play-acting, pretense, from Greek hupokrisis, from hupokrīnesthai, to play a part, pretend : hupo-, hypo- + krīnesthai, to explain, middle voice of krīnein, to decide, judge; see krei- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I knew not, nor cared, in my joy at having escaped from such an abode of hypocrisy as my parents 'house -- for of all the vices which can disgrace humanity, I regard _hypocrisy_ as the most detestable.”
“But watching them writhe in hypocrisy is usually entertaining.”
“The only good thing from this exercise in hypocrisy is the fact that they have now confirmed the report on CIA foreign prisons.”
“When a politician uses the word hypocrisy I instantly roll my eyes.”
“On top of being mostrously stupid, your hypocrisy is altogether boundless.”
“The word hypocrisy is used so much in describing republican behavior that is either is going to become meaningless or the dictionary will refer to it as a synonym for republican.”
“No wonder we are hated around the world ... the hypocrisy is astounding and the bigotry is numbing. disgusted”
“I know you might have been too young to know this, but the hypocrisy is his.”
“U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently noted what she called the hypocrisy of the Iranian government.”
“But in an angry email to the Associated Press on Monday evening, the two-time All-Pro lashed out at what he called the "hypocrisy" of his situation.”
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