- a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.
- a pretense of having some desirable or publicly approved attitude.
- an act or instance of hypocrisy.
Origin of hypocrisy
Examples from the Web for hypocrisy
He shows us the hypocrisy where in some contexts these very words are socially acceptable and at other times they are verboten.Why George Carlin Deserves His Own Street
October 21, 2014
But Goldman also observed that often the perpetrator of the hypocrisy is accidentally aided by his critics.Why Do Voters Stick With Hypocrites Like Scott DesJarlais?
August 18, 2014
American sanctions on Russia, he said, were an “abomination of hypocrisy.”Meet The Putin-Loving Congressman Who’s Worried About Fluoride In Our Drinking Water
July 20, 2014
Calling the $1 trillion war on drugs a failure while defending the battle from which it was born is hypocrisy at its finest.Chris Christie to the Drug War: I Wish I Knew How to Quit You
Olivia Nuzzi, Abby Haglage
June 18, 2014
Rather, he dishes up a seemingly endless stream of examples of pettiness, irritation, hypocrisy and awkwardness.Fear And Self-Loathing In Scandinavia: The Fiction Of Karl Ove Knausgaard
May 28, 2014
His eyes, round and full and steady, taxed her with falsehood, with hypocrisy.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
I will not make it a hypocrisy to say, 'Lead us not into temptation.'Weighed and Wanting
What kin' o' a usefulness can that be that has hypocrisy for its fundation?Salted With Fire
But your hypocrisy and your mummery shall serve you to little purpose.Imogen
The world is a miserable, hollow, deceitful shell of vanity and hypocrisy.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
- the practice of professing standards, beliefs, etc, contrary to one's real character or actual behaviour, esp the pretence of virtue and piety
- an act or instance of this
Word Origin and History for hypocrisy
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]