hypocrisy

[hi-pok-ruh-see]
noun, plural hypocrisies.
1.
a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.
2.
a pretense of having some desirable or publicly approved attitude.
3.
an act or instance of hypocrisy.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English ipocrisie < Old French < Late Latin hypocrisis < Greek hypókrisis play acting, equivalent to hypokrī́(nesthai) to play a part, explain (hypo- hypo- + krī́nein to distinguish, separate) + -sis -sis; h- (reintroduced in 16th century) < Latin and Greek

hyperhypocrisy, noun


1. See deceit.
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hypocrisy (hɪˈpɒkrəsɪ)
 
n , pl -sies
1.  the practice of professing standards, beliefs, etc, contrary to one's real character or actual behaviour, esp the pretence of virtue and piety
2.  an act or instance of this

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hypocrisy
early 13c., from O.Fr. ypocrisie, from L.L. hypocrisis, from Gk. hypokrisis "acting on the stage, pretense," from hypokrinesthai "play a part, pretend," also "answer," from hypo- "under" (see sub-) + middle voice of krinein "to sift, decide" (see
crisis). The sense evolution is from "separate gradually" to "answer" to "answer a fellow actor on stage" to "play a part."
"Hypocrisy is the art of affecting qualities for the purpose of pretending to an undeserved virtue. Because individuals and institutions and societies most often live down to the suspicions about them, hypocrisy and its accompanying equivocations underpin the conduct of life. Imagine how frightful truth unvarnished would be." [Benjamin F. Martin, "France in 1938," 2005]
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Example sentences
It's this type of one sided hypocrisy that gets nobody anywhere.
Clearly this is more than hypocrisy; it is sheer nonsense.
Stubbing out hypocrisy is a good cause.
This question of apparent hypocrisy is absolutely essential in my classroom.
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