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
Legalising abortion was the defining defeat of the old order—censorious, hypocritical, male—in post-war France.
Born six years after Feydeau, Edmond Rostand’s play tacitly indicts the decadent and hypocritical world in which both men wrote by turning to an idealized past of heroes embodying our best selves.
The American way is to be part of a system that is hypocritical at best, even if a Facebook rant by a brother looking to get his turns out to be just that.
Azam said Stuart accepting Brodeur’s contribution is hypocritical.
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.
Many in the U.S. and abroad find that assertion hypocritical, given Trump’s combative style and history of remarks deemed offensive to Muslims, Latinos, blacks, Jews, women and the disabled.
A Lincoln High student wrote in the school's paper that the decision was hypocritical and threatened to torpedo the construction bond that would provide money to rebuild the high school.
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