hyp·​o·​crite | \ ˈhi-pə-ˌkrit How to pronounce hypocrite (audio) \

Definition of hypocrite

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

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hypocrite adjective

Examples of hypocrite in a Sentence

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 Holding up high moral, ethical, and social standards is very difficult, because if one falls short of being a perfect example, one becomes a target and a hypocrite, albeit a well-meaning one. — Mark Masters et al., New Dimensions, June 1990 Of all of these things and people Cilla knew nothing, nor could he tell her, yet he tried to show interest in what she had to tell him. Once he would have been very interested. Now he felt like a hypocrite, and because he was uncomfortable he blamed it in some way on Cilla. — Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain, 1943 the hypocrites who criticize other people for not voting but who don't always vote themselves
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Recent Examples on the Web Instead, Life of Brian makes political hypocrites and credulous and bloodthirsty mobs their target. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "Twitter Outrage at the Church of England’s Views on Sex," 24 Jan. 2020 In response to his tweet, people online dished the same heat back to him, calling him a hypocrite for favoring one form of bodily autonomy over another — and only for cisgender men. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, "Ted Cruz Is Willing To Fight For Cis Men’s Reproductive Rights — But That’s It," 18 Feb. 2020 Who was a pawn, a mercenary, a hypocrite, an accomplice? Anne Diebel, The New York Review of Books, "The Good Guy," 28 Jan. 2020 Arizona State coach Herm Edwards made a switch at offensive coordinator as part of an overhaul on that side of the ball this off-season, prompting critics to blast him as a hypocrite. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Here's why ASU football coach Herm Edwards fired three offensive coaches in big overhaul," 11 Jan. 2020 The pair were also blasted as hypocrites for using a private jet to travel with their young son despite their stated support for environmental causes. NBC News, "Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, to 'step back as senior members of the Royal Family'," 8 Jan. 2020 Roth responded by satirizing Howe and the magazine as stuffy hypocrites in his 1983 novel The Anatomy Lesson. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Commentary still can’t forgive Philip Roth.," 24 May 2018 Fashion makes hypocrites of us all at one point or another. Stella Bugbee, The Cut, "Who Is Anna Wintour Asking Us to Forgive in Her Editor’s Letter?," 11 May 2018 Cynics could conclude that Peary and Shackleton were hypocrites. Howard Schneider, WSJ, "‘To the Edges of the Earth’ Review: Going to Extremes," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hypocrite

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hypocrite

Middle English ypocrite, borrowed from Anglo-French ipocrite, borrowed from Late Latin hypocrita, borrowed from Greek hypokritḗs "answerer, actor on a stage, pretender," from hypokri-, variant stem of hypokrī́nomai, hypokrī́nesthai "to reply, make an answer, speak in dialogue, play a part on the stage, feign" + -tēs, agent suffix — more at hypocrisy

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“Hypocrite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypocrite. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hypocrite

disapproving : 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


hyp·​o·​crite | \ ˈhi-pə-ˌkrit How to pronounce hypocrite (audio) \

Kids Definition of hypocrite

: 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.

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hypocritical \ ˌhi-​pə-​ˈkri-​ti-​kəl \ adjective

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