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
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 : an act or instance of hypocrisy
Examples of hypocrisy in a sentence
When his private letters were made public, they revealed his hypocrisy.
the hypocrisy of people who say one thing but do another
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
Definition of hypocrisy for Students
: the quality of acting in a way that goes against claimed beliefs or feelings
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