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[hip-uh-krit-i-kuh l] /ˌhɪp əˈkrɪt ɪ kəl/
of the nature of hypocrisy, or pretense of having virtues, beliefs, principles, etc., that one does not actually possess:
The parent who has a “do what I say and not what I do” attitude can appear hypocritical to a child.
possessing the characteristics of hypocrisy:
Isn't a politician hypocritical for talking about human dignity while voting against reasonable social programs?
Related forms
hypocritically, adverb
unhypocritical, adjective
unhypocritically, adverb
Can be confused
hypercritical, hypocritical. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • You remember what you said to him and forget how hypocritically he behaved toward you.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I hypocritically said, 'Now I will trust a little to chance.'

    Against Odds Lawrence L. Lynch
  • "I am sorry to say that I have no doubt at all," said the housekeeper, hypocritically.

    The Cash Boy Horatio Alger Jr.
  • Not absolutely, hypocritically, I think it's pathetic, myself.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • Some do so more demurely and hypocritically than others; but what else does any one go into company for?

    Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
  • "I—I thought it was somebody else," she said, hypocritically.

  • "I'm sorry he is not kind to you," said the girl, hypocritically.

Word Origin and History for hypocritically



1540s (implied in hypocritically), from hypocritic, which was used in the same sense, + -al (1). Middle English used simple hypocrite as the adjective (c.1400) as well as the noun.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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