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Meaning of HYPOCRISY

Pronunciation:  hi'p√Ękrusee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  insincerity by virtue of pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not really have
  2. [n]  an expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction

HYPOCRISY is a 9 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: lip service
 See Also: dissembling, falseness, feigning, fulsomeness, insincerity, oiliness, oleaginousness, pretence, pretense, sanctimoniousness, sanctimony, smarminess, unction, unctuousness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Hy*poc"ri*sy\ (h[i^]*p[o^]k"r[i^]*s[y^]), n.; pl.
{Hypocrisies} (-s[i^]z). [OE. hypocrisie, ypocrisie, OF.
hypocrisie, ypocrisie, F. hypocrisie, L. hypocrisis, fr. Gr.
"ypo`krisis the playing a part on the stage, simulation,
outward show, fr. "ypokr`nesqai to answer on the stage, to
play a part; "ypo` under + kri`nein to decide; in the middle
voice, to dispute, contend. See {Hypo-}, and {Critic}.]
The act or practice of a hypocrite; a feigning to be what one
is not, or to feel what one does not feel; a dissimulation,
or a concealment of one's real character, disposition, or
motives; especially, the assuming of false appearance of
virtue or religion; a simulation of goodness.

      Hypocrisy is the necessary burden of villainy.

      Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue. --La
                                               (Trans. ).

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