- The definition of a hypocrite is a person who pretends to have certain beliefs, attitudes or feelings when they really do not.
An example of a hypocrite is a person who says they care about the environment, but are constantly littering.
Origin of hypocriteMiddle English ipocrite ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin hypocrita, stage actor (in Ecclesiastical Late Latin hypocrite) ; from Classical Greek hypokritēs, an actor (in Septuagint and amp; New Testament , a pretender, hypocrite) ; from hypokrinesthai: see hypocrisy
Origin of hypocriteMiddle English ipocrite, from Old French, from Late Latin hypocrita, from Greek hupokritēs, actor, from hupokrīnesthai, to play a part, pretend; see hypocrisy.
- Someone who practices hypocrisy, who pretends to hold beliefs, or whose actions are not consistent with their claimed beliefs. [from early 13th c.]
Old French ypocrite (Modern French hypocrite), from Ecclesiastical Latin hypocrita, from Ancient Greek ὑποκριτής (hupokritēs, “actor, hypocrite”), from ὑποκρίνομαι (hupokrinomai, “I answer, act, feign”).