hyp·​o·​crite | \ ˈhi-pə-ˌkrit \

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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In other words: In conclusion, the president is right, and his critics are hypocrites. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Sean Spicer’s book misleads about 2 events Mueller is investigating," 26 July 2018 After a story about Jungerman’s trailer ran in Sunday’s Star, however, some readers called him a hypocrite for criticizing others for getting government help while taking government subsidies paid for by taxpayers. Don Bradley, kansascity, "In 2010, murder suspect David Jungerman attacked Democrats with an incendiary sign | The Kansas City Star," 11 Apr. 2018 Stefanowski has fired back at Lamont, accusing him of personally profiting from the payday lending industry and calling him a hypocrite. Susan Haigh, The Seattle Times, "Payday loan job shadows exec’s run for Connecticut governor," 23 Oct. 2018 People who condemn anonymous sourcing of The Times op-ed, now embrace this anonymous sourcing are being hypocrites. Fox News, "Kavanaugh denies assault allegations in Fox News interview," 25 Sep. 2018 Democratic Party of today is now back to being the party of Bill Clinton, full of hypocrites on this matter. Fox News, "Ingraham: The rush to judgment and injustice for Kavanaugh," 18 Sep. 2018 Democrats also labeled Braun a hypocrite for attacking Donnelly’s family business for outsourcing jobs to Mexico while using Chinese goods for his own brand of auto accessories. Brian Slodysko, The Seattle Times, "GOP frets about prospects for picking up Indiana Senate seat," 18 Sep. 2018 The squabbling Waterfords play a game of one-downsmanship in the foyer to demonstrate who the bigger hypocrite is. Rena Gross, Billboard, "11 Highlights -- Including Oprah -- From 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 11 'Holly'," 27 June 2018 But that’s not sitting well with his opponent, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who on Wednesday called O’Rourke a hypocrite because of a tax fraud conviction involving O’Rourke’s mother’s furniture store. Alejandra Matos, Houston Chronicle, "Ted Cruz uses Beto O’Rourke’s mother’s tax fraud case to attack tax policy," 6 June 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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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 \

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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