noun, plural hy·poc·ri·sies.
Origin of hypocrisy
Examples from the Web for hypocrisies
Pivot forward and you can see the hypocrisies that will be dragged out in the coming days.
A longtime advocate of Israeli-Palestinian cooperation on the hypocrisies—and complexities—of the Gaza conflict.Where Were the Protesters When Missiles Were Hitting Israel?|Benjamin Pogrund|January 9, 2009|DAILY BEAST
For even in this simple and antique relation of the mother and the child, hypocrisies are multiplied.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XIX (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
Above all, it is frank; there are no evasions, no sentimental lies, no hypocrisies before facts.Plays, Acting and Music|Arthur Symons
The attack opened by Valla upon the hypocrisies and false doctrines of monasticism was both powerful and novel.Renaissance in Italy, Volume 2 (of 7)|John Addington Symonds
At the hypocrisies and falsehoods of his party, deeds of treachery and blood, Moray looked through his fingers.The Mystery of Mary Stuart|Andrew Lang
It was easy for him to match the present hypocrisy with hypocrisies that he had seen of old.
noun plural -sies
c.1200, ipocrisie, from Old French ypocrisie, from Late Latin hypocrisis, from Greek hypokrisis "acting on the stage, pretense," from hypokrinesthai "play a part, pretend," also "answer," from hypo- "under" (see sub-) + middle voice of krinein "to sift, decide" (see crisis). The sense evolution in Attic Greek is from "separate gradually" to "answer" to "answer a fellow actor on stage" to "play a part." The h- was restored in English 16c.
Hypocrisy is the art of affecting qualities for the purpose of pretending to an undeserved virtue. Because individuals and institutions and societies most often live down to the suspicions about them, hypocrisy and its accompanying equivocations underpin the conduct of life. Imagine how frightful truth unvarnished would be. [Benjamin F. Martin, "France in 1938," 2005]