hypocrite

noun
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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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 And her campaign has fired back, calling Leno and Kim hypocrites for benefiting from the thousands spent on their behalf by outside groups while criticizing Breed for doing the same thing. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF mayor’s race coming down to a fight over money and influence," 25 May 2018 As left wing pundits call them hypocrites for supporting the president amid allegations from adult film star Stormy Daniels. Fox News, "What will President Trump and Kim Jong Un discuss?," 8 Mar. 2018 Worse yet, there are the hypocrites, who hurry to church on Sunday, but exhibit a whole spectrum of sins during the week. Lorraine V. Murray, ajc, "Beware of the church demon on Sunday mornings," 1 June 2018 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 Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is a hypocrite and should be called out on it. Mike Bianchi, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Steve Kerr is a hypocrite for ripping NFL national anthem policy that's the same as the NBA's," 25 May 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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hypocrite

: 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 \

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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