Definition of hypocrisy
1 : a feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not : behavior that contradicts what one claims to believe or feel <His hypocrisy was finally revealed with the publication of his private letters.>; especially : the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religion <our conventional morality often serves as a cover for hypocrisy and selfishness — Lucius Garvin>
2 : an act or instance of hypocrisy <a keen awareness of one's parents' hypocrisies>
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 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 English Language Learners
Definition of hypocrisy for English Language Learners
: 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
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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