- 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
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Related Wordsbigot, trickster, impostor, phony, crook, charlatan, cheat, faker, hook, fake, decoy, actor, mountebank, informer, pretender, malingerer, poser, quack, humbug, fraud
Examples from the Web for hypocrite
Does wildlife campaigner Prince Charles's hunting habit make him a hypocrite?Prince Charles Photographed Shooting, Charges of Animal Cruelty and Royal Hypocrisy Reignited
December 1, 2014
Arkansas Congressman Tom Cotton is a dangerous man and a hypocrite.Election 2014 Is Drowning in Dark Money
August 28, 2014
Therefore, if a liberal makes too much money advocating on behalf of the poor, she or he becomes a hypocrite.That’s All a Nobel Prize Winner Gets Paid?
April 18, 2014
Your criticism of me as a hypocrite is lame, weak and not really thought out.Spike Lee Blasts The New York Times’ Story on Brooklyn Gentrification in Fiery Op-Ed
March 31, 2014
If not, you'll be seen as a hypocrite and as a known Christian, heap shame on the Gospel.Conservative Christians Selectively Apply Biblical Teachings in the Same-Sex Marriage Debate
Kirsten Powers, Jonathan Merritt
February 23, 2014
As she said all this, Hester felt like a hypocrite, remembering her own sins.Weighed and Wanting
Every good deed that he has done is denounced as the act of a hypocrite.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
I will do the fellow the justice to say that he was not a hypocrite.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
Every one who is not a hypocrite will own that it is exactly the contrary.The Sexual Question
Please don't be a hypocrite any more, Jimmy, if you can help it.People of Position
Stanley Portal Hyatt
- a person who pretends to be what he is not
Word Origin and History for hypocrite
c.1200, ypocrite, from Old French ypocrite (12c., Modern French hypocrite), from Church Latin hypocrita, from Greek hypokrites "stage actor, pretender, dissembler," from hypokrinesthai (see hypocrisy).