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[hip-uh-krit-i-kuh l] /ˌhɪp əˈkrɪt ɪ kəl/

of the nature of , or pretense of having virtues, beliefs, principles, etc., that one does not actually possess:
The parent who has a “do what I say and not what I do” attitude can appear hypocritical to a child.
possessing the characteristics of :
Isn’t a politician hypocritical for talking about human dignity while voting against reasonable social programs?

1540s (implied in hypocritically), from hypocritic, which was used in the same sense, + -al (1). Middle English used simple hypocrite as the adjective (c.1400) as well as the noun.


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