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.
- hy·per·hy·poc·ri·sy, noun
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How to use hypocrisy in a sentence
Jamie Grant, R-Tampa, accused them of hypocrisy and misleading voters.In Florida, the Gutting of a Landmark Law Leaves Few Felons Likely to Vote | by Lawrence Mower and Langston Taylor, Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times | October 7, 2020 | ProPublica
This refusal to acknowledge the existence of more than 15 million LGBTQ people, 5 percent of the populace and residents of every ZIP code in America, shows a paralyzing hypocrisy.
Quasimodo is the only one who can unmask him and reveal his hypocrisy to the world.
“And though we do not lack for examples of Jones’ peculiar blend of hypocrisy and stupidity, we should note that he also serves on the state senate’s Special Committee on Pandemic Emergency Response,” the board wrote.Sacramento Report: Jones, COVID-19 and the Irony of Remote Voting | Sara Libby and Jesse Marx | August 28, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Instead, aim her fire at the bigotry and hypocrisy facing her across the stage.
He had a fine eye for moral hypocrisy, and I know that a glaring example of it would not have escaped his notice.How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America | David Yaffe, Scott Saul | December 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Looking to make up some ground in the race, she ran an ad targeting the perceived hypocrisy of her opponent, Greg Abbott.The Strangest, Cheesiest, Most Brazenly False Political Ads of 2014 | Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And there is always the easy-but-true charge of Hollywood hypocrisy.
These men were plagued by a familiar hypocrisy that all of us have (or will have) experienced.The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson (And Tolstoy and Dickens) | Samuel Fragoso | October 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He shows us the hypocrisy where in some contexts these very words are socially acceptable and at other times they are verboten.
Aunty Rosa could penetrate certain kinds of hypocrisy, but not all.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II | Rudyard Kipling
Thus, where such pure, noble feelings do not exist, the mere forms of politeness become hypocrisy and deceit.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
Yet the Clarion opposes sweating and tyranny and hypocrisy, and does its best to defeat and to destroy them.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but inwardly ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.His Last Week | William E. Barton
On no subject is there more hypocrisy amongst big men in England.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for hypocrisy
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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