Definition of hypocrite in English:

hypocrite

noun

  • A hypocritical person.

    ‘the story tells of respectable Ben who turns out to be a cheat and a hypocrite’
    • ‘Some nurses may fear being a hypocrite, particularly if they also indulge in alcohol.’
    • ‘We must not be hypocrites but show our real problems impartially.’
    • ‘They're hypocrites who want to force their views upon the world and then abrogate responsibility for the consequences.’
    • ‘It doesn't surprise me when the most forcefully pious turn out to be raging hypocrites with identity issues.’
    • ‘That's the only way to treat blackmailing hybrids and hypocrites.’
    • ‘He is a Pharisee exposed, the hypocrite who tells his patients how virtuous it is to be stoical.’
    • ‘Then, if we did get an annulment, our reputations would be fixed as liars and hypocrites.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Known hypocrites and liars may, of course, tell the truth about a particular incident.’
    • ‘I'm always a bit amused when people say the church is full of hypocrites.’
    • ‘Those who equate them are treacherous without art and hypocrites without deceiving.’
    • ‘For his sins he is now regarded as a hypocrite, nay, a traitor.’
    • ‘Practitioners of their religion were either sunk in superstition or hypocrites and impostors.’
    • ‘That would do a whole lot more for civilised and democratic behaviour than abject capitulation to these self-evident hypocrites.’
    • ‘All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites.’
    • ‘He is equally brutal to both sides, in particular by portraying the two opposing maternal figures as 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.’
    • ‘But Zeno would be easy to read were he merely reliably unreliable: he would be a hypocrite and a fool.’
    • ‘When I asked Paul what was wrong, all he said was that he disliked having hypocrites for parents.’
    sanctimonious person, pietist, whited sepulchre, plaster saint, humbug, pretender, deceiver, dissembler, impostor
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French ypocrite, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek hupokritēs ‘actor’, from hupokrinesthai (see hypocrisy).

Pronunciation

hypocrite

/ˈhɪpəkrɪt/