hyp·​o·​crit·​i·​cal | \ ˌhi-pə-ˈkri-ti-kəl How to pronounce hypocritical (audio) \

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

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Other Words from hypocritical

hypocritically \ ˌhi-​pə-​ˈkri-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hypocritical (audio) \ 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 on the Web Of the falsehoods that stain it, from hypocritical duplicity. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "We Have a Fail-Safe Vaccine for the Deadlier Pandemic," 15 Mar. 2021 These comments are massively hypocritical, given the complacency by Republicans and conservatives about the tone of American political discourse during the Trump years. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Neera Tanden and the ‘civility’ scam," 24 Feb. 2021 Democrats will respond that such complaints, coming from Republicans who supported Trump, are too hypocritical to take seriously. Ramesh Ponnuru Bloomberg Opinion (tns), Star Tribune, "Leadership: Biden vowed to restore standards, but it won't be easy," 8 Dec. 2020 Hustler’s June 1978 cover caught the enigmas of a magazine that was at once salacious, satirical, perverse, decadent, gleefully immoral and hypocritical. New York Times, "Larry Flynt, Who Built a Porn Empire With Hustler, Dies at 78," 10 Feb. 2021 Greene called it hypocritical to bar her from committee work while allowing Democrats who defended Black Lives Matter protests against police violence to avoid any penalties. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "House kicks QAnon peddler off committees; Marjorie Taylor Greene says she’s changed but won’t apologize," 4 Feb. 2021 Never mind that these actions seem partisan and hypocritical; the bans will continue until morale improves. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Online Speech Wars Are Here to Stay," 24 Jan. 2021 The nation is in the final stages of preparing to replace a liar and sower of division with someone who seems far more suited to leadership — who has pledged to adhere to the norms embedded in a less hypocritical national script. Washington Post, "Trump imagined himself a modern-day Midas. His touch was anything but golden.," 15 Jan. 2021 Is the Western world hypocritical by trying to eliminate the drug, while at the same time being one of its key markets? Paul Sedan, The Christian Science Monitor, "In ‘The Opium Prince,’ the personal plays out amid the political," 13 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of hypocritical

1553, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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 -ic entry 1) + -al entry 1 — more at hypocrite

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19 Mar 2021

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“Hypocritical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypocritical. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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