[ hi-pok-ruh-see ]
/ hɪˈpɒk rə si /
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noun, plural hy·poc·ri·sies.

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.



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Origin of hypocrisy

1175–1225; Middle English ipocrisie<Old French <Late Latin hypocrisis<Greek hypókrisis play acting, equivalent to hypokrī́(nesthai) to play a part, explain (hypo-hypo- + krī́nein to distinguish, separate) + -sis-sis; h- (reintroduced in 16th century) <Latin and Greek

synonym study for hypocrisy

1. See duplicity.


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British Dictionary definitions for hypocrisy

/ (hɪˈpɒkrəsɪ) /

noun plural -sies

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
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