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[hip-uh-krit-i-kuh l] /ˌhɪp əˈkrɪt ɪ kəl/
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.
possessing the characteristics of hypocrisy:
Isn't a politician hypocritical for talking about human dignity while voting against reasonable social programs?
Related forms
hypocritically, adverb
unhypocritical, adjective
unhypocritically, adverb
Can be confused
hypercritical, hypocritical. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for hypocritical
  • That's contradictory and hypocritical and it doesn't make sense to me.
  • It might be silly but it isn't quite hypocritical.
  • His analysis is hypocritical and intellectually dishonest.
  • Such hypocritical dreams are not unusual occurrences with me or with others.
  • There's very few things more hypocritical than an ecologist that eats organic.
  • Apparently you don't know just how hypocritical you sound.
  • What a hypocritical statement.
  • Your post is very hypocritical and your derogatory statements about me are off-base.
  • Wilson's rhetoric was not only destructive, but also hypocritical.
  • Forgive me if I found it a bit hypocritical.
Word Origin and History for hypocritical

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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