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
hypocriticallyplay \ˌhi-pə-ˈkri-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of hypocritical in a Sentence
it's hypocritical to say mean things behind someone's back, and then to act nice when you want something from her
Recent Examples of hypocritical from the Web
This was a campaign-style speech and the message couldn’t have been clearer: The Paris climate deal was pushed by hypocritical cosmopolitan elites.
Her reaction could be called hypocritical given her history of mocking other people’s appearances.
But also because Hollywood is grossly hypocritical.
This is arguably the most paternalistic and hypocritical objection to return of genetic results.
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Origin and Etymology of hypocritical
First Known Use: 1553
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