from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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.