An example of a hypocrite is a person who says they care about the environment, but are constantly littering.
Other Word Forms
Origin of hypocrite
- Middle English ipocrite from Old French from Late Latin hypocrita from Greek hupokritēs actor from hupokrīnesthai to play a part, pretend hypocrisy
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Old French ypocrite (Modern French hypocrite), from Ecclesiastical Latin hypocrita, from Ancient Greek ὑποκριτής (hupokritēs, “actor, hypocrite”), from ὑποκρίνομαι (hupokrinomai, “I answer, act, feign”).