Definition of hypocritical
- said that it was hypocritical to demand respect from students without respecting them in return
- a hypocritical gesture of modesty and virtue
- —Robert Graves
it's hypocritical to say mean things behind someone's back, and then to act nice when you want something from her
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to lower or disgrace the reputation of
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