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[hip-uh-krit-i-kuh l]
  1. 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.
  2. 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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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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Historical Examples of unhypocritical

  • The indignation of the girl at his unhypocritical behaviour had been funny but not humorous.


    Joseph Conrad

  • The unhypocritical, honest acknowledgment of sensual life is the acknowledgment of sensual pleasure.

Word Origin and History for unhypocritical



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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