noun hyp·o·crite \ˈhi-pə-ˌkrit\

: a person who claims or pretends to have certain beliefs about what is right but who behaves in a way that disagrees with those beliefs

Full Definition of HYPOCRITE

:  a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion
:  a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings
hypocrite adjective

Examples of HYPOCRITE

  1. the hypocrites who criticize other people for not voting but who don't always vote themselves
  2. We can learn a good deal about the manners and morals of the times from Lautrec, for he was neither a hypocrite nor a sentimentalist, and there is a matter-of-fact-ness about his vision … that precludes both nostalgia and prurience. —Elizabeth Cowling, Times Literary Supplement, 8 Nov. 1991


Middle English ypocrite, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin hypocrita, from Greek hypokritēs actor, hypocrite, from hypokrinesthai
First Known Use: 13th century
HYPOCRITE Defined for Kids


noun hyp·o·crite \ˈhi-pə-ˌkrit\

Definition of HYPOCRITE for Kids

:  a person who acts in a way that goes against what he or she claims to believe or feel <She's a hypocrite who complains about litter and then litters herself.>
hyp·o·crit·i·cal \ˌhi-pə-ˈkri-ti-kəl\ adjective


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