Definition of hypocritical in English:



  • Behaving in a way that suggests one has higher standards or more noble beliefs than is the case:

    ‘we don't go to church and we thought it would be hypocritical to have him christened’
    ‘it would be entirely hypocritical of me to say I regret it because I don't’
    • ‘The lack of transparency contributes to the cynicism and hypocritical views.’
    • ‘So the Congress sometimes rakes up the issue of secularism, which is so hypocritical that it is funny.’
    • ‘But the reasons, one has to admit, are hypocritical and sometimes contradictory.’
    • ‘The questions are unclear and the process reeks of hypocritical manipulation.’
    • ‘To begrudge them the right to choose their own government via the ballot box is hypocritical in the extreme.’
    sanctimonious, pious, pietistic, self-righteous, holier-than-thou, superior, insincere, specious, feigned, pretended, hollow, false
    deceitful, deceptive, dishonest, untruthful, lying, dissembling, duplicitous, two-faced, janus-faced, double-dealing, untrustworthy
    phoney, pretend
    pharisaic, pharisaical, tartuffian, canting
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