hyp·​o·​crite ˈhi-pə-ˌkrit How to pronounce hypocrite (audio)
: a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion
: a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings
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
Recent Examples on the Web So, don’t be a hypocrite: Turn off your A/C. Tom Scott Sneaky stinkers Queens Village: What gets me about these companies claiming that odor-free deodorants last up to 72 hours is that they are obviously geared toward people who hate to shower! Voice Of The People, New York Daily News, 27 June 2024 Please, this man is the ultimate example of a hypocrite. Letters To The Editor, Orange County Register, 12 June 2024 All the Trump-loving hypocrites need to ask themselves one question: If President Barack Obama had committed all of the atrocious acts done by President Donald Trump, would the Supreme Court, Congress, the lower courts and Democrats have supported him? Voice Of The People, New York Daily News, 9 Mar. 2024 Cass’ suggestion that advocates who worry about future generations and choose to have children are hypocrites is another red flag. Michael E. Mann, Foreign Affairs, 21 Apr. 2017 See all Example Sentences for hypocrite 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Hypocrite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypocrite. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


hyp·​o·​crite ˈhip-ə-ˌkrit How to pronounce hypocrite (audio)
: a person who pretends to have virtues or qualities that he or she does not have
: a person whose actions contradict their stated beliefs or feelings
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