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hypocrisy Syllabification: hy·poc·ri·sy
Pronunciation: /həˈpäkrəsē/

Definition of hypocrisy in English:

noun (plural hypocrisies)

The practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense.
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.
dissimulation, false virtue, cant, posturing, affectation, speciousness, empty talk, insincerity, falseness, deceit, dishonesty, mendacity, pretense, duplicity;
informal phoniness, fraud


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'.

Words that rhyme with hypocrisy

adhocracy, aristocracy, autocracy, bureaucracy, democracy, gerontocracy, gynaecocracy (US gynecocracy), hierocracy, meritocracy, mobocracy, monocracy, plutocracy, technocracy, theocracy
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