Definition of hypocrisy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//hɪˈpɒkrəsi//
; NAmE NAmE//hɪˈpɑːkrəsi//
(pl. hypocrisies) [uncountable, countable] (disapproving)
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behaviour in which somebody pretends to have moral standards or opinions that they do not actually have He condemned the hypocrisy of those politicians who do one thing and say another. It’s hypocrisy for them to pretend that they were shocked at the news. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French ypocrisie, via ecclesiastical Latin, from Greek hupokrisis ‘acting of a theatrical part’, from hupokrinesthai ‘play a part, pretend’, from hupo ‘under’ + krinein ‘decide, judge’.Extra examples The play exposes the hypocrisy of the ruling elite. It’s hypocrisy for them to pretend they were shocked at the news. She refused to conform to the usual practices and hypocrisies of high society.
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