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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 hypocrite
  • Right now I shall continue to live by example and put all my energy into an attempt to not be a hypocrite.
  • Actually, he's a hypocrite who goes yachting on the Potomac at taxpayer expense.
  • Friends have called him a hypocrite.
  • The former statesman cannot be called either a cynic or hypocrite.
  • The louder the mouth, the bigger the hypocrite
  • Let's see if you're capable of not being a hypocrite.
  • But, if there is even one in history's long list of supernatural beings that you do not believe in then you are a hypocrite.
  • It sucks to be called a hypocrite, which is why there's an emphasis on the else.
  • And it's true, she may have been unevolved, but she was not a hypocrite.
  • Even dismissed the guy as some insensitive hypocrite but now it's all changed.
British Dictionary definitions for hypocrite


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 hypocrite

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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hypocrite 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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