- 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.
hypocrite definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle 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
hypocrite definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English ipocrite, from Old French, from Late Latin hypocrita, from Greek hupocritēs, actor, from hupokrīnesthai, to play a part, pretend; see hypocrisy.