noun, plural hy·poc·ri·sies.
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.
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?|Keli Goff|August 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|James Kirchick|July 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Ted Gioia|May 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His sincere purpose was, he declared, “to recommend goodness and innocence,” and his obvious aversions are vanity and hypocrisy.
But nowhere, save perhaps in the domain of religion, does hypocrisy play a greater part than in the sexual domain.The Sexual Question|August Forel
The leaven of hypocrisy marred petitions in which the heart had no share.The Haunted Room|A. L. O. E.
But what was the hypocrisy of the Pharisees in comparison with the hypocrisy of our time?
In all this what ‘hypocrisy,’ ‘ambition,’ ‘cant,’ or other falsity?
British Dictionary definitions for hypocrisy
noun plural -sies
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]