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hypocrite Syllabification: hyp·o·crite
Pronunciation: /ˈhipəˌkrit/

Definition of hypocrite in English:


A person who indulges in hypocrisy.
Example sentences
  • Known hypocrites and liars may, of course, tell the truth about a particular incident.
  • But Zeno would be easy to read were he merely reliably unreliable: he would be a hypocrite and a fool.
  • He is a Pharisee exposed, the hypocrite who tells his patients how virtuous it is to be stoical.
pretender, dissembler, deceiver, liar, pietist, sanctimonious person, plaster saint
informal phony, fraud, sham, fake


Middle English: from Old French ypocrite, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek hupokritēs 'actor', from hupokrinesthai (see hypocrisy).

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