a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.
a pretense of having some desirable or publicly approved attitude.
an act or instance of hypocrisy.
1175–1225; Middle English ipocrisie
< Old French
< Late Latin hypocrisis
< Greek hypókrisis
play acting, equivalent to hypokrī́
) to play a part, explain (hypo- hypo-
to distinguish, separate) + -sis -sis
(reintroduced in 16th century) < Latin