Definition of hypocrite in English:



  • A person who indulges in hypocrisy.

    • ‘Practitioners of their religion were either sunk in superstition or hypocrites and impostors.’
    • ‘When I asked Paul what was wrong, all he said was that he disliked having hypocrites for parents.’
    • ‘Known hypocrites and liars may, of course, tell the truth about a particular incident.’
    • ‘Some nurses may fear being a hypocrite, particularly if they also indulge in alcohol.’
    • ‘For his sins he is now regarded as a hypocrite, nay, a traitor.’
    • ‘It doesn't surprise me when the most forcefully pious turn out to be raging hypocrites with identity issues.’
    • ‘He is equally brutal to both sides, in particular by portraying the two opposing maternal figures as 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.’
    • ‘I'm always a bit amused when people say the church is full of hypocrites.’
    • ‘But then the church is just like the political system - full of single issue hypocrites, who cannot act in an adult fashion.’
    • ‘We must not be hypocrites but show our real problems impartially.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That's the only way to treat blackmailing hybrids and hypocrites.’
    • ‘They're hypocrites who want to force their views upon the world and then abrogate responsibility for the consequences.’
    • ‘That would do a whole lot more for civilised and democratic behaviour than abject capitulation to these self-evident hypocrites.’
    • ‘Those who equate them are treacherous without art and hypocrites without deceiving.’
    • ‘Then, if we did get an annulment, our reputations would be fixed as liars and hypocrites.’
    • ‘He is a Pharisee exposed, the hypocrite who tells his patients how virtuous it is to be stoical.’
    • ‘The teachers were viewed as informers, or at best cowards 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).