[hip-uh-krit-i-kuh l]


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?

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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Contemporary Examples of hypocritical

Historical Examples of hypocritical

  • "Don't be hypocritical, Judge," said the General reprovingly.

  • Sympathy in him there was none, and he could not make a hypocritical show of any.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill

  • She shall not come between me and happiness with her soft and hypocritical ways!

    The Elm Tree Tales

    F. Irene Burge Smith

  • He grew cunning and hypocritical, and could do nothing that was not false in reality or appearance.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • "I am your guest, sir," said he, with a most hypocritical air of deference and courtesy.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan

    Charles James Lever

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper