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[hip-uh-krit] /ˈhɪp ə krɪt/
a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.
a person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, especially one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements.
1175-1225; Middle English ipocrite < Old French < Late Latin hypocrita < Greek hypokritḗs a stage actor, hence one who pretends to be what he is not, equivalent to hypokrī́(nesthai) (see hypocrisy) + -tēs agent suffix
Related forms
hypocritical, adjective
superhypocrite, noun
deceiver, dissembler, pretender, pharisee. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hypocrites
  • So far as hypocrites are concerned, you are wrong again.
  • Those countries that do nothing of substance will then be shamed to be shown up as hypocrites.
  • We resent these hypocrites because they appoint themselves to tell the rest of us what to do.
  • That's because power quickly turns us into hypocrites.
  • And these people pushing it are hypocrites unbelievable.
  • In short: sanctions work best when aimed at hypocrites.
  • It becomes a study of the reporter's personal conflict with a gang of mercenary hypocrites.
  • He calls priests hypocrites who subjugate the ignorant.
  • So here's to keeping it simple, it's easier to tell fact from fiction then, and the real businessmen from posers and hypocrites.
  • Maybe you should take a closer look at who the real hypocrites are.
British Dictionary definitions for hypocrites


a person who pretends to be what he is not
Derived Forms
hypocritical, adjective
hypocritically, adverb
Word Origin
C13: from Old French ipocrite, via Late Latin, from Greek hupokritēs one who plays a part, from hupokrinein to feign, from krinein to judge
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Word Origin and History for hypocrites



c.1200, ypocrite, from Old French ypocrite (12c., Modern French hypocrite), from Church Latin hypocrita, from Greek hypokrites "stage actor, pretender, dissembler," from hypokrinesthai (see hypocrisy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hypocrites in the Bible

one who puts on a mask and feigns himself to be what he is not; a dissembler in religion. Our Lord severely rebuked the scribes and Pharisees for their hypocrisy (Matt. 6:2, 5, 16). "The hypocrite's hope shall perish" (Job 8:13). The Hebrew word here rendered "hypocrite" rather means the "godless" or "profane," as it is rendered in Jer. 23:11, i.e., polluted with crimes.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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