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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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  • But, as a matter of fact, it is generally acknowledged that the members are hypocritical and selfish.

    Indian Home Rule M. K. Gandhi
  • He grew cunning and hypocritical, and could do nothing that was not false in reality or appearance.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • The plea for co-operation is, to say the least, hypocritical in the face of the determination to refuse justice to the Punjab.

    Freedom's Battle Mahatma Gandhi
  • "I am your guest, sir," said he, with a most hypocritical air of deference and courtesy.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan Charles James Lever
  • Honestly is not it a cruel embarrassment, which all the hypocritical pretences cannot hide?

    Literature and Life William Dean Howells
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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