hypocrisy

noun
hy·​poc·​ri·​sy | \ hi-ˈpä-krə-sē How to pronounce hypocrisy (audio) also hī- \
plural hypocrisies

Essential Meaning of hypocrisy

disapproving : the behavior of people who do things that they tell other people not to do : behavior that does not agree with what someone claims to believe or feel When his private letters were made public, they revealed his hypocrisy. the hypocrisy of people who say one thing but do another Teenagers often have a keen awareness of their parents' hypocrisies.

Full Definition of hypocrisy

1 : a feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not : behavior that contradicts what one claims to believe or feel His hypocrisy was finally revealed with the publication of his private letters. especially : the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religion our conventional morality often serves as a cover for hypocrisy and selfishness — Lucius Garvin
2 : an act or instance of hypocrisy a keen awareness of one's parents' hypocrisies

Examples of hypocrisy in a Sentence

When his private letters were made public, they revealed his hypocrisy. the hypocrisy of people who say one thing but do another Teenagers often have a keen awareness of their parents' hypocrisies.
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Recent Examples on the Web Murdoch and Christie undoubtedly have their own personal motives for speaking out against Trump in this moment, and there's plenty of evidence to warrant accusations of hypocrisy. Frida Ghitis, CNN, 18 Nov. 2021 But Republicans have accused Democrats of hypocrisy for moving to punish Republican members while refusing to take similar action against members of their own caucus. Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2021 And that leads to another problem — and another level of hypocrisy in Republican doctrine. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Nov. 2021 Martin accepts that no solution currently is going to be perfect and that accusations of hypocrisy, because the band still use private jets, are unavoidable. Eamonn Forde, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 Rivals in April’s presidential elections have accused Macron of hypocrisy in using public money for electoral purposes. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Nov. 2021 Rivals in next April’s presidential elections have accused Mr. Macron of hypocrisy in using public money for electoral purposes. New York Times, 9 Nov. 2021 The decision to reject the project on the Nordstrom parking lot was the height of hypocrisy. Alexei Koseff, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Nov. 2021 In minutes, Twitter users replied to the tweet with charges of hypocrisy. NBC News, 12 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of hypocrisy

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hypocrisy

Middle English ypocrisye, borrowed from Anglo-French ypocrisie, borrowed from Late Latin hypocrisis, ypocrisis, borrowed from Greek hypókrisis "playing a part on the stage, pretending to be something one is not," from hypokri-, variant stem of hypokrī́nomai, hypokrī́nesthai "to reply, make an answer, speak in dialogue, play a part on the stage, feign" (from hypo- hypo- + krī́nomai, middle voice of krī́nō, krī́nein "to separate, choose, decide, judge") + -sis, suffix forming nouns of action or process — more at certain entry 1

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“Hypocrisy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypocrisy. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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hypocrisy

noun
hy·​poc·​ri·​sy | \ hi-ˈpä-krə-sē How to pronounce hypocrisy (audio) \
plural hypocrisies

Kids Definition of hypocrisy

: the quality of acting in a way that goes against claimed beliefs or feelings

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