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 No one’s going to call you out for being a hypocrite on Homescapes! Quinta Brunson, Vulture, 7 June 2021 His meek, inconspicuous white-collar clerk’s wardrobe suggests a Graham Greene hypocrite. Armond White, National Review, 4 June 2021 Thomas suggested his former aide was a hypocrite and noted McCarthy rejected the election outcome even after the House chamber was overrun and lawmakers had to run for their lives. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2021 Newsom was called out as a hypocrite last year.for mandating lockdowns while dining out with friends for a birthday dinner at the expensive French Laundy restaurant, without a mask, flouting two of his own policies. Fox News, 14 Apr. 2021 In turn, a subset of the online commentariat responds with cold air, arguing that it’s Def Noodles who is the actual hypocrite. Jesse David Fox, Vulture, 4 Mar. 2021 Meanwhile, he recently got tagged with being a hypocrite for attending a lobbyist friend’s birthday dinner with several other unmasked couples at a fancy wine country restaurant, the French Laundry. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec. 2020 He is scorned as a hypocrite on both sides for having stayed in the Trump administration. Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2020 Owens has never cared much about being a hypocrite, though — or being historically accurate. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, 16 Nov. 2020

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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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10 Jun 2021

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“Hypocrite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypocrite. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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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