- Hypocrisy is defined as saying or feeling one thing and doing another.
An example of hypocrisy is writing a book about truth and honesty using made up stories to make your point.
hypocrisy definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English ipocrisie ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin hypocrisis, mimicry (in Ecclesiastical Late Latin pretended sanctity) ; from Classical Greek hypokrisis, acting a part (in Septuagint and New Testament , hypocrisy) ; from hypokrinesthai, to play a part ; from hypo-, hypo- plush krinesthai, to dispute ; from krinein, to separate: see harvest
hypocrisy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. hy·poc·ri·sies
- The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.
- An act or instance of such falseness.
Origin: Middle English ipocrisie, from Old French, from Late Latin hypocrisis, play-acting, pretense, from Greek hupokrisis, from hupokrīnesthai, to play a part, pretend : hupo-, hypo- + krīnesthai, to explain, middle voice of krīnein, to decide, judge; see krei- in Indo-European roots.