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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hypocrisy

plural

hypocrisies

  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 in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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 for Students

plural

hypocrisies

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





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