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hypocrisy Line breaks: hyp|oc¦risy
Pronunciation: /hɪˈpɒkrɪsi/

Definition of hypocrisy in English:

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 diplomacy
More 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.
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


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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