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[hip-uh-krit] /ˈhɪp ə krɪt/
a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.
a person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, especially one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements.
Origin of hypocrite
1175-1225; Middle English ipocrite < Old French < Late Latin hypocrita < Greek hypokritḗs a stage actor, hence one who pretends to be what he is not, equivalent to hypokrī́(nesthai) (see hypocrisy) + -tēs agent suffix
Related forms
hypocritical, adjective
superhypocrite, noun
deceiver, dissembler, pretender, pharisee. Unabridged
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  • These ideas in a hypocrite appear to be inconsistent, but in reality are not.

    Toilers of the Sea Victor Hugo
  • I am willing to throw him over for being a hypocrite, and selling us out as he did.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • A girl would have been a hypocrite indeed who could shut her eyes to what Gwen saw in that looking-glass.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
  • I am no hypocrite: I like well bred, well dressed people; I like what they do and say and think.

    Athalie Robert W. Chambers
  • The heart cannot play the hypocrite, and no frequency of disaster diminishes the smart.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I. Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for hypocrite


a person who pretends to be what he is not
Derived Forms
hypocritical, adjective
hypocritically, adverb
Word Origin
C13: from Old French ipocrite, via Late Latin, from Greek hupokritēs one who plays a part, from hupokrinein to feign, from krinein to judge
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Word Origin and History for hypocrite

c.1200, ypocrite, from Old French ypocrite (12c., Modern French hypocrite), from Church Latin hypocrita, from Greek hypokrites "stage actor, pretender, dissembler," from hypokrinesthai (see hypocrisy).

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