- 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.
Origin: Middle English ipocrisie from Old French from Classical Latin hypocrisis, mimicry (in LL(Ec), pretended sanctity) from Glassical 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
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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.