[ hip-uh-krit-i-kuh l ]
/ ˌhɪp əˈkrɪt ɪ kəl /


of the nature of hypocrisy, or pretense of having virtues, beliefs, principles, etc., that one does not actually possess: The parent who has a “do what I say and not what I do” attitude can appear hypocritical to a child.
possessing the characteristics of hypocrisy: Isn't a politician hypocritical for talking about human dignity while voting against reasonable social programs?

Nearby words

  1. hypocotyl,
  2. hypocrinism,
  3. hypocrisy,
  4. hypocrite,
  5. hypocritic,
  6. hypocrystalline,
  7. hypocupremia,
  8. hypocycloid,
  9. hypocythemia,
  10. hypodactyly

Related formshyp·o·crit·i·cal·ly, adverbun·hyp·o·crit·i·cal, adjectiveun·hyp·o·crit·i·cal·ly, adverb

Can be confusedhypercritical hypocritical

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Word Origin and History for hypocritical



1540s (implied in hypocritically), from hypocritic, which was used in the same sense, + -al (1). Middle English used simple hypocrite as the adjective (c.1400) as well as the noun.

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