Hypocrisy Definition

hĭ-pŏkrĭ-sē
hypocrisies
noun
hypocrisies
A pretending to be what one is not, or to feel what one does not feel; esp., a pretense of virtue, piety, etc.
Webster's New World
An act or instance of such falseness.
American Heritage

Other Word Forms of Hypocrisy

Noun

Singular:
hypocrisy
Plural:
hypocrisies

Origin of Hypocrisy

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • 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 krei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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