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



BrE BrE//ˈhɪpəkrɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɪpəkrɪt//
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a person who pretends to have moral standards or opinions that they do not actually have Charles was a liar and a hypocrite who married her for money. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French ypocrite, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek hupokritēs ‘actor’, from hupokrinesthai ‘play a part, pretend’, from hupo ‘under’ + krinein ‘decide, judge’.
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