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hypocrite Line breaks: hypo|crite
Pronunciation: /ˈhɪpəkrɪt/

Definition of hypocrite in English:


A hypocritical person: the story tells of respectable Ben who turns out to be a cheat and a hypocrite
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  • 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.
sanctimonious person, pietist, whited sepulchre, plaster saint, humbug, pretender, deceiver, dissembler, impostor
informalphoney, Holy Willie
British informalcreeping Jesus
North American informalbluenose


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

Words that rhyme with hypocrite

preterite (US preterit)

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