- 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?
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Examples from the Web for hypocritical
“They are hypocritical on this very issue,” Shearer said about Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and other public officials.Harry Shearer on The Dangerous Business of Satire
January 8, 2015
The double standard of sexualization is hypocritical at best and ineffectively vindictive at worse.Full Frontal Disney: Feminism's Nudity Double Standard
August 20, 2014
Meanwhile, the hypocritical pageants that rejected her continue to see their cultural relevance—and TV ratings—decline.Miss America Hypocrisy: The Vanessa Williams Nude Photo Shaming
July 23, 2014
On spending and economic issues, he was atrocious and hypocritical in all the ways that a Republican can be.Now Let’s Replace All the Other Big-Spending Eric Cantors
June 11, 2014
Even the über-feminist Jezebel is quick to paint Lewinsky as hypocritical and fame-hungry.Stop Slut-Shaming Monica Lewinsky!
May 7, 2014
"Don't be hypocritical, Judge," said the General reprovingly.The Bacillus of Beauty
Sympathy in him there was none, and he could not make a hypocritical show of any.Cleo The Magnificent
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
"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
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