Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person given to hypocrisy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who assumes a false appearance; one who feigns to be what he is not, or to feel or believe what he does not actually feel or believe; especially, a false pretender to virtue or piety.
  • n. Synonyms Dissembler, Hypocrite (see dissembler); Pharisee, formalist, cheat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. 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

Etymologies

Middle English ipocrite, from Old French, from Late Latin hypocrita, from Greek hupocritēs, actor, from hupokrīnesthai, to play a part, pretend; see hypocrisy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French ypocrite (Modern French hypocrite), from Ecclesiastical Latin hypocrita, from Ancient Greek ὑποκριτής (hupokritēs, "actor, hypocrite"), from ὑποκρίνομαι (hupokrinomai, "I answer, act, feign"). (Wiktionary)

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  • i like how much this word sounds like Hippocratic (Hippocratic Oath).
    it is not actually ironic, but i still find it amusing.

    August 20, 2009