hypocritical

adjective hyp·o·crit·i·cal \ ˌhi-pə-ˈkri-ti-kəl \
Updated on: 19 Apr 2018

Definition of hypocritical

: characterized by behavior that contradicts what one claims to believe or feel : characterized by hypocrisy
  • said that it was hypocritical to demand respect from students without respecting them in return
  • a hypocritical gesture of modesty and virtue
  • —Robert Graves
also : being a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings : being a hypocrite

hypocritically

play \ˌhi-pə-ˈkri-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of hypocritical in a Sentence

  1. 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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Origin and Etymology of hypocritical

hypocritic "of a hypocrite" (borrowed from Medieval Latin hypocriticus, borrowed from Greek hypokritikós "of acting, skilled in rhetorical delivery," from hypokritḗs "answerer, actor on a stage" + -ikos 1-ic) + 1-al — more at hypocrite



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