A person who indulges in hypocrisy.
- 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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