noun (plural hypocrisies)[mass noun]
- The practice of claiming to have higher standards or more noble beliefs than is the case: his target was the hypocrisy of suburban life she was irritated to be accused of hypocrisy spokesmen unversed in the smoother hypocrisies of diplomacyMore example sentences
sanctimoniousness, sanctimony, pietism, piousness, affected piety, affected superiority, false virtue, cant, humbug, pretence, posturing, speciousness, empty talk; insincerity, falseness, falsity, deceptiveness, deceit, deceitfulness, deception, dishonesty, dissembling, dissimulation, duplicity, imposture, two-facedness, double-dealing• informal phoneyness
- 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'.