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
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
Recent Examples of hypocrite from the Web
Images from the website were widely shared online, and Mr. Rizieq’s critics delighted in apparent evidence that an ostentatiously religious figure was a hypocrite.
What helps Salon justify the publication of the story is a broad-brush approach to everyone in Washington: that all Republicans are hypocrites, and all inside-the-Beltway journalists are corrupted.
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Origin and Etymology of hypocrite
Middle English ypocrite, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin hypocrita, from Greek hypokritēs actor, hypocrite, from hypokrinesthai
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
HYPOCRITE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hypocrite for English Language Learners
: 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
HYPOCRITE Defined for Kids
Definition of hypocrite for Students
: 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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