- 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 of hypocrisyMiddle 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- + krinesthai, to dispute ; from krinein, to separate: see harvest
- The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.
- An act or instance of such falseness.
Origin of hypocrisyMiddle 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.
- the claim or pretense of holding beliefs, feelings, standards, qualities, opinions, behaviours, virtues, motivations, or other characteristics that one does not in actual fact hold. [from early 13th c.]
- the practice of engaging in the same behaviour or activity for which one criticises another; moral self-contradiction whereby the behavior of one or more people belies their own claimed or implied possession of certain beliefs, standards or virtues.
- an instance of either or both of the above.
From Middle English ipocrisie, from Old French ypocrisie, from Late Latin hypocrisis, from Ancient Greek ὑπόκρισις (hupokrisis, “answer, stage acting, pretense”), from ὑποκρίνομαι (hupokrinomai, “I reply”), from ὑπό (hupo, “under, equivalent of the modern "hypo-" prefix”) + the middle voice of κρίνω (krinō, “I separate, judge, decide”).