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 But those who prefer not to hunt and still eat meat are not hypocrites or ignorant due to their preference. Anchorage Daily News, "Eating meat: When food is about more than diet," 18 Jan. 2020 By the end of the novel, two members of the family have been crushed by his rule, and the Lord himself, a once-prosperous tea merchant, has lost his fortune and been exposed as a liar, philanderer, and hypocrite. Adam Shatz, The New York Review of Books, "Driss Chraïbi & the Novel Morocco Had to Ban," 2 Jan. 2020 Axios reports this morning the campaign is planning to continue heavy online advertising countering impeachment, bolstered by videos that aim to make Democrats look like hypocrites. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Trump leverages Facebook's powerful ad tools to push anti-impeachment message," 18 Dec. 2019 Does Kerr think that the hypocrites aren’t genuinely outraged about China’s policies? Jim Geraghty, National Review, "Are Critics of the NBA on China Hypocrites?," 11 Oct. 2019 Still, Rendell is right about one thing, if for the wrong reasons: Warren is a hypocrite for taking rich people’s money and then decrying it during the primary. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "Hypocrite Accuses Elizabeth Warren of Hypocrisy," 12 Sep. 2019 Someone back then should have pounded on the table, gaped at the government lies, yelled at the hypocrites. Sophia Moskalenko, Vox, "I was a child of Chernobyl," 2 July 2019 Chief among them has been comedian Jon Stewart, who slammed Paul as a hypocrite for his earlier blocking of the proposal because of spending concerns. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Rand Paul one of two senators to vote against 9/11 victims' fund bill," 19 June 2019 Republicans have called Democrats hypocrites for standing by Northam’s side again as this year’s legislative elections approach. Alan Suderman, The Seattle Times, "Virginia governor finds ways to get beyond blackface scandal," 29 Mar. 2019

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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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The first known use of hypocrite was in the 13th century

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23 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hypocrite.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypocrite. Accessed 26 January 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.

Other Words from hypocrite

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

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