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hypocrisy

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noun hy·poc·ri·sy \hi-ˈpä-krə-sē also hī-\

Simple Definition of hypocrisy

  • : the behavior of people who do things that they tell other people not to do : behavior that does not agree with what someone claims to believe or feel

Full Definition of hypocrisy

plural hy·poc·ri·sies

  1. 1 :  a feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not; especially :  the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religion

  2. 2 :  an act or instance of hypocrisy

Examples of hypocrisy

  1. When his private letters were made public, they revealed his hypocrisy.

  2. the hypocrisy of people who say one thing but do another

  3. Teenagers often have a keen awareness of their parents' hypocrisies.



Origin of hypocrisy

Middle English ypocrisie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin hypocrisis, from Greek hypokrisis act of playing a part on the stage, hypocrisy, from hypokrinesthai to answer, act on the stage, from hypo- + krinein to decide — more at certain


First Known Use: 13th century


HYPOCRISY Defined for Kids

hypocrisy

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noun hy·poc·ri·sy \hi-ˈpä-krə-sē\

Definition of hypocrisy

plural hy·poc·ri·sies

  1. :  the quality of acting in a way that goes against claimed beliefs or feelings





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