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

  • adj. Characterized by hypocrisy: hypocritical praise.
  • adj. Being a hypocrite: a hypocritical rogue.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a hypocrite, or to hypocrisy

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or proceeding from hypocrisy; characterized by hypocrisy; dissembling; feigned.
  • Synonyms Dissembling, insincere, hollow, sham; sanctimonious, canting, Pharisaical.

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

  • adj. professing feelings or virtues one does not have

Etymologies

From hypocritic + -al, from ὑποκριτικός (hupokritikos), from ὑποκριτής (hupokritēs, "actor, hypocrite"), from ὑποκρίνομαι (hupokrinomai, "I play a part on stage"), from ὑπό (hupo, "below") + κρίνω (krinō, "I choose"). (Wiktionary)

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