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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
informalphony, fraud, sham, fake


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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