[ hip-uh-krit ]
/ ˈhɪp ə krɪt /

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a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.
a person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, especially one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements.

Origin of hypocrite

1175–1225; Middle English ipocrite < Old French < Late Latin hypocrita < Greek hypokritḗs a stage actor, hence one who pretends to be what he is not, equivalent to hypokrī́(nesthai) (see hypocrisy) + -tēs agent suffix

Related forms

hyp·o·crit·i·cal, adjectivesu·per·hyp·o·crite, noun
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/ (ˈhɪpəkrɪt) /


a person who pretends to be what he is not

Derived Forms

hypocritical, adjectivehypocritically, adverb

Word Origin for hypocrite

C13: from Old French ipocrite, via Late Latin, from Greek hupokritēs one who plays a part, from hupokrinein to feign, from krinein to judge
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