Hypocrite definition

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A person who pretends to be what he or she is not; specif., one who pretends to be pious, virtuous, etc. without really being so.
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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.

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Someone who practices hypocrisy, who pretends to hold beliefs, or whose actions are not consistent with their claimed beliefs. [from early 13th c.]
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A person given to hypocrisy.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hypocrite
Plural:
hypocrites

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”).

    From Wiktionary