hyp·​o·​crite | \ ˈhi-pə-ˌkrit How to pronounce hypocrite (audio) \

Essential Meaning of hypocrite

disapproving : a person who claims or pretends to have certain beliefs about what is right but who behaves in a way that disagrees with those beliefs the hypocrites who criticize other people for not voting but who don't always vote themselves

Full Definition of hypocrite

1 : a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion
2 : a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings

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Other Words from hypocrite

hypocrite adjective

Examples of hypocrite in a Sentence

We can learn a good deal about the manners and morals of the times from Lautrec, for he was neither a hypocrite nor a sentimentalist, and there is a matter-of-fact-ness about his vision … that precludes both nostalgia and prurience. — Elizabeth Cowling, Times Literary Supplement, 8 Nov. 1991 Holding up high moral, ethical, and social standards is very difficult, because if one falls short of being a perfect example, one becomes a target and a hypocrite, albeit a well-meaning one. — Mark Masters et al., New Dimensions, June 1990 Of all of these things and people Cilla knew nothing, nor could he tell her, yet he tried to show interest in what she had to tell him. Once he would have been very interested. Now he felt like a hypocrite, and because he was uncomfortable he blamed it in some way on Cilla. — Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain, 1943 the hypocrites who criticize other people for not voting but who don't always vote themselves
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Recent Examples on the Web Brothers Dominic and Daniel escape the high-priest hypocrite whose lust is stronger than his love, just like LaBruce’s honest, gay-identity horror-satire triumphs over the political blasphemy of Buttigieg’s lust for power. Armond White, National Review, 22 Sep. 2021 When accused, the enchanter or enchantress will likely attempt to label you a hypocrite for supporting vaccine mandates. Rex Huppke, chicagotribune.com, 2 Sep. 2021 The poll found, for example, that well over half of likely voters — including nearly one-third of those voting against the recall — think Newsom is a hypocrite. Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2021 But don’t be the kind of hypocrite who embraces only those differences that line up with your own cultural views. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 10 Aug. 2021 Now, some viewers are calling Turner a hypocrite for voicing the 6-year-old princess on the show, given her previous comments about her daughter's privacy. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 3 Aug. 2021 Sporting a hot pink uniform and white kicks splashed with a rainbow stripe, Nas swoops in, catches the hypocrite in the act, and slugs him. Nick Romano, EW.com, 23 July 2021 He was characterized as a hypocrite for the move, which organizers of the recall said propelled their effort. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, 9 Mar. 2021 Every single person that has signed it is a hypocrite in some regard. Charlie Harding And Nate Sloan, Vulture, 24 June 2021

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First Known Use of hypocrite

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hypocrite

Middle English ypocrite, borrowed from Anglo-French ipocrite, borrowed from Late Latin hypocrita, borrowed from Greek hypokritḗs "answerer, actor on a stage, pretender," from hypokri-, variant stem of hypokrī́nomai, hypokrī́nesthai "to reply, make an answer, speak in dialogue, play a part on the stage, feign" + -tēs, agent suffix — more at hypocrisy

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The first known use of hypocrite was in the 13th century

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26 Sep 2021

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“Hypocrite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypocrite. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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hyp·​o·​crite | \ ˈhi-pə-ˌkrit How to pronounce hypocrite (audio) \

Kids Definition of hypocrite

: a person who acts in a way that goes against what he or she claims to believe or feel She's a hypocrite who complains about litter and then litters herself.

Other Words from hypocrite

hypocritical \ ˌhi-​pə-​ˈkri-​ti-​kəl \ adjective


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