hypocrite

noun
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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Other Words from hypocrite

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

In The Washington Post, former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell has written an op-ed accusing presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren of being a hypocrite on campaign finance. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "Hypocrite Accuses Elizabeth Warren of Hypocrisy," 12 Sep. 2019 Knowing our community are huge hypocrites w/ homophobia but hate oppression. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Kevin Hart slammed for comments he made to Lil Nas X on rapper coming out as gay," 4 Sep. 2019 Stills has received five to 10 death threats since essentially calling his boss a hypocrite Wednesday on Twitter, according to the Palm Beach Post. Los Angeles Times, "Kenny Stills, facing reported death threats, doesn’t let up on boss for backing Trump," 9 Aug. 2019 In return, Democrats accused the governor of being a disingenuous hypocrite. Luke Broadwater, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland Democrats deride Gov. Hogan's pledge of bipartisanship as he withholds money intended for Baltimore," 7 July 2019 Even an elder hypocrite named Trump got into the act. Stu Bykofsky, Philly.com, "How I learned not to use the 'C-word' | Stu Bykofsky," 1 June 2018 Its cartooned pages confirmed their suspicions that parents are hypocrites, that heroes have clay feet, that popular culture is a ripoff and that a guy might as well laugh at existence because existence is already laughing at him. David Von Drehle, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Mad magazine is dying — maybe we should worry," 7 July 2019 Then, once nominated, the survivor can back off from his or her earlier radicalism, move to the center in the general election and hope that voters prefer a centrist hypocrite to an unapologetic radical. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: Democratic candidates aren’t on a winning track," 5 July 2019 But here's the thing: Most of you mayonnaise haters out there are hypocrites and cowards. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "In Defense of Mayonnaise," 4 July 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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hypocrite

noun

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

hypocrite

noun
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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