[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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Examples from the Web for hypocritically

Contemporary Examples of hypocritically

Historical Examples of hypocritically

  • You remember what you said to him and forget how hypocritically he behaved toward you.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • I hypocritically said, 'Now I will trust a little to chance.'

    Against Odds

    Lawrence L. Lynch

  • "I am sorry to say that I have no doubt at all," said the housekeeper, hypocritically.

    The Cash Boy

    Horatio Alger Jr.

  • Not absolutely, hypocritically, I think it's pathetic, myself.

  • Some do so more demurely and hypocritically than others; but what else does any one go into company for?


    Charlotte M. Yonge

Word Origin and History for hypocritically



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