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hypocrisy

noun

  1. (pretense)  an expression of agreement that isn't supported by real conviction
    Synonyms: lip service. Type of: pretense
  2. (insincerity)  insincerity by virtue of pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you don't really have
    Type of: insincerity

Etymology summary

ipocrisie, from Old French ypocrisie, from Late Latin hypocrisis, from Greek...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Hypocrisy

the state of pretending to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that one does not actually have. Hypocrisy involves the deception of others and is thus a kind of lie. Hypocrisy is not simply failing to practice those virtues that... (42 of 1062 words, 1 image)

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Hypocrisy (disambiguation)

the act of pretending to have beliefs, opinions, virtues, feelings, qualities, or standards that one does not actually have. Hypocrisy may also refer to: Hypocrisy (band), a melodic death metal band Hypocrisy (album), a 1999 album by the band Hypocrisy... (40 of 133 words, 6 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

hypocrisy | hypocrisies [plural]

the practice of professing standards, beliefs, etc, contrary to one's real ... | an act or instance of this (18 of 555 words, 2 definitions, 13 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/hypocrisy

Merriam-Webster:

hypocrisy | hypocrisies [plural] | cant [synonym, sense-specific] | dissembling [synonym, sense-specific] | dissimulation [synonym, sense-specific] | insincerity [synonym, sense-specific] | piousness [synonym, sense-specific] | genuineness [antonym, sense-specific] | sincereness [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

a feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not ; especially, the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religion | an act or ... (30 of 189 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/hypocrisy

Oxford Dictionary:

hypocrisy | hypocrisies [plural]

the practice of claiming to have higher standards or more noble beliefs than is the case (16 of 110 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/hypocrisy

New World Dictionary:

hypocrisy | hypocrisies [plural]

a pretending to be what one is not, or to feel what one does not feel; especially, a pretense of virtue, piety, etc. (23 of 71 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hypocrisy

American Heritage Dictionary:

hypocrisy | hypocrisies [plural]

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness. | An act or instance of such falseness. (23 of 69 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hypocrisy

Wiktionary:

hypocrisy | hypocrisies [plural]

the claim or pretense of holding beliefs, feelings, standards, qualities, opinions, virtues or motivations that one does not actually possess. | applying criticism to others that one does not apply equally to oneself; moral self-contradiction whereby... (35 of 67 words, 3 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/hypocrisy

Macmillan British Dictionary:

hypocrisy [countable/uncountable] | hypocrisies [plural]

behaviour in which someone claims to have certain moral principles or beliefs but behaves in a way that shows they are not sincere (23 of 65 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/hypocrisy

Cambridge Dictionary:

hypocrisy [disapproving]

when someone pretends to believe something that they do not really believe or that is the opposite of what they do or say at another time (26 of 46 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/hypocrisy

Random House Dictionary:

hypocrisy | hypocrisies [plural]

a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess. | a pretense of having ... (24 of 46 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/hypocrisy

Encarta Dictionary:

hypocrisy | hypocrisies [plural]

the false claim to or pretense of having admirable principles, beliefs, or feelings | an act or instance of hypocrisy (19 of 86 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861619670​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

hypocrisy

First use: about 1200

Origin: ipocrisie, from Old French ypocrisie, from Late Latin hypocrisis, from Greek hypokrisis "acting on the stage, pretense", ... (19 of 123 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

hypocrisy | hypocrisies [plural]

Origin: Middle English ipocrisie from Old French from Latin hypocrisis, mimicry (in ecclesiastical Late Latin, pretended sanctity) from Greek ... (18 of 45 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

hypocrisy | hypocrisies [plural]

Origin: Middle English ipocrisie, from Old French ypocrisie, from Late Latin hypocrisis, from Ancient Greek ὑπόκρισις (hupokrisis, "answer, stage acting, pretense"), from ὑποκρίνομαι... (22 of 45 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/hypocrisy

American Heritage Dictionary:

hypocrisy | hypocrisies [plural]

Origin: Middle English ipocrisie, from Old French, from Late Latin hypocrisis, play-acting, pretense, from Greek ... (14 of 39 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hypocrisy

Merriam-Webster:

hypocrisy | hypocrisies [plural]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English ypocrisie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin hypocrisis, from Greek hypokrisis act of playing a part on the ... (21 of 36 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/hypocrisy

Oxford Dictionary:

hypocrisy | hypocrisies [plural]

Origin: Middle English: from Old French ypocrisie, via ecclesiastical Latin, from Greek hupokrisis "acting of a theatrical part", from ... (18 of 29 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/hypocrisy

Encarta Dictionary:

hypocrisy | hypocrisies [plural]

First use: 12th century

Origin: Old French ypocrisie from Greek hupokrisis "acting a part" from hupokrinesthai "act a part" from krinein "to separate"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861619670​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

hypocrisy | hypocrisies [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "hypocrisy"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/hypocrisy

Macmillan British Dictionary:

hypocrisy [countable/uncountable] | hypocrisies [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "hypocrisy"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/hypocrisy

Macmillan American Dictionary:

hypocrisy [countable/uncountable] | hypocrisies [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "hypocrisy"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/hypocrisy

Cambridge Dictionary:

hypocrisy [disapproving]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "hypocrisy"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "hypocrisy"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/hypocrisy

the Free Dictionary:

hypocrisy

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "hypocrisy"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "hypocrisy"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "hypocrisy" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

hypocrisy | hypocrisies [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "hypocrisy"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

hypocrisy

Audio: North American pronunciation of "hypocrisy"

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YourDictionary Audio:

hypocrisy

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "hypocrisy" by speech synthesizer

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