Definition of hypocrite in English:



  • A hypocritical person:

    ‘the story tells of respectable Ben who turns out to be a cheat and a hypocrite’
    • ‘Those who equate them are treacherous without art and hypocrites without deceiving.’
    • ‘It doesn't surprise me when the most forcefully pious turn out to be raging hypocrites with identity issues.’
    • ‘Known hypocrites and liars may, of course, tell the truth about a particular incident.’
    • ‘He is a Pharisee exposed, the hypocrite who tells his patients how virtuous it is to be stoical.’
    • ‘Some nurses may fear being a hypocrite, particularly if they also indulge in alcohol.’
    • ‘They're hypocrites who want to force their views upon the world and then abrogate responsibility for the consequences.’
    • ‘Practitioners of their religion were either sunk in superstition or hypocrites and impostors.’
    • ‘We must not be hypocrites but show our real problems impartially.’
    • ‘I'm always a bit amused when people say the church is full of hypocrites.’
    • ‘All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites.’
    • ‘But Zeno would be easy to read were he merely reliably unreliable: he would be a hypocrite and a fool.’
    • ‘For his sins he is now regarded as a hypocrite, nay, a traitor.’
    • ‘He is equally brutal to both sides, in particular by portraying the two opposing maternal figures as hypocrites.’
    • ‘That would do a whole lot more for civilised and democratic behaviour than abject capitulation to these self-evident hypocrites.’
    • ‘That's the only way to treat blackmailing hybrids and hypocrites.’
    • ‘When I asked Paul what was wrong, all he said was that he disliked having hypocrites for parents.’
    • ‘But then the church is just like the political system - full of single issue hypocrites, who cannot act in an adult fashion.’
    • ‘The teachers were viewed as informers, or at best cowards and hypocrites.’
    • ‘And to this day we are still seen and treated with contempt as a lesser people by these hypocrites who so boldly talk of democracy.’
    • ‘Then, if we did get an annulment, our reputations would be fixed as liars and hypocrites.’
    sanctimonious person, pietist, whited sepulchre, plaster saint, humbug, pretender, deceiver, dissembler, impostor
    phoney, holy willie
    creeping jesus
    pharisee, tartuffe, pecksniff, canter
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Middle English: from Old French ypocrite, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek hupokritēs actor, from hupokrinesthai (see hypocrisy).