noun (plural hypocrisies)
- The practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense.More example sentences
- The way society views the whole drug scene is riddled with hypocrisy and double standards.
- However, as with the infant formula companies, the industry stands accused of hypocrisy.
- There is an important point to be made about so-called sexual hypocrisy in government.
Middle English: from Old French ypocrisie, via ecclesiastical Latin, from Greek hupokrisis 'acting of a theatrical part', from hupokrinesthai 'play a part, pretend', from hupo 'under' + krinein 'decide, judge'.