• WordNet 3.6
    • n hypocrisy insincerity by virtue of pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not really have
    • n hypocrisy an expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hypocrisy The act or practice of a hypocrite; a feigning to be what one is not, or to feel what one does not feel; a dissimulation, or a concealment of one's real character, disposition, or motives; especially, the assuming of false appearance of virtue or religion; a simulation of goodness. "Hypocrisy is the necessary burden of villainy.""Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hypocrisy Dissimulation of one's real character or belief; especially, a false assumption of piety or virtue; a feigning to be better than one is; the action or character of a hypocrite.
    • n hypocrisy Synonyms Pretense, cant, formalism, sanctimoniousness, Pharisaism. See dissemble, dissembler, and deceit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hypocrisy hi-pok′ri-si a feigning to be what one is not: concealment of true character.
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  • Thomas Wolfe
    “Making the world safe for hypocrisy.”
  • Fredrich
    “Never to talk to ones self is a form of hypocrisy.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “The only vice which cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    “With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty. But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.”
  • Honore De Balzac
    “Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. hypocrisie, ypocrisie, OF. hypocrisie, ypocrisie, F. hypocrisie, L. hypocrisis, fr. Gr. "ypo`krisis the playing a part on the stage, simulation, outward show, fr. "ypokr`nesqai to answer on the stage, to play a part; "ypo` under + kri`nein to decide; in the middle voice, to dispute, contend. See Hypo-, and Critic
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. hypokrisishypokrinesthai, to play on the stage, from hypo, under, krinein, to decide.


In literature:

But the German mind has no sympathy with hypocrisy.
"Germany and the Germans" by Price Collier
This is rank hypocrisy.
"The Red Conspiracy" by Joseph J. Mereto
For a time the superincumbent masses of hypocrisy vanish.
"Alexander Pope" by Leslie Stephen
It must be admitted that in protesting against hypocrisy he has occasionally been led beyond the limits prescribed by good taste.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
Religion has led to widespread hypocrisy.
"The Necessity of Atheism" by Dr. D.M. Brooks
He would not soil his act by any hypocrisy.
"The Seventh Noon" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
He must knock on his door, and give them time to slip back into their disguise of hypocrisy.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
I am not arguing against marriage, but against hypocrisy.
"Possessed" by Cleveland Moffett
It was easy for him to match the present hypocrisy with hypocrisies that he had seen of old.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866" by Various
He is hypocrisy itself, the strictly genuine article.
"Classic French Course in English" by William Cleaver Wilkinson
Oh, the sense of hypocrisy with which he eagerly seized the paper next morning, and read it over as though unaware of its contents.
"Julian Home" by Dean Frederic W. Farrar
In the faces of some were shrewdness, cunning, hypocrisy.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
You are not what your first appearance promised: the piety of your habit was welcome, but not the hypocrisy.
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
He forgot what himself had formerly asserted, that hypocrisy is less mischievous than open impiety.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson
Elaborate hypocrisy and insincerity became common.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Given in hypocrisy, you mean!
"The Boat Club" by Oliver Optic
But his address was even greater than his hypocrisy.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
It was the antidote to hypocrisy.
"The Martyr of the Catacombs" by Anonymous
The one fault to which he is, so to speak, unjust, is hypocrisy.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
His hypocrisy, hitherto masked, comes to the surface.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther

In poetry:

Hypocrisy and feign'd pretence
To cover foul Dissigns
Shall blusshing fly as far from thence
As to the deepest Mines
"A Contemplation" by Anne Kingsmill Finch
"I 'm sick at heart of craft and cant,
Sick of the crazed enthusiast's rant,
Profession's smooth hypocrisies,
And creeds of iron, and lives of ease.
"The Chapel of the Hermits" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Truth frowned upon my poor hypocrisy,
Life left my soul, and dwelt but in my sense;
No man could love me, for all men could see
The hollow vain pretence.
"The Solitary" by Robert Fuller Murray
Low, on thy bended knees, with rev'rence fall,
Upon heaven's King with eager accents cry,
With importunity unto him call,
Nor, if a Christian, use hypocrisy.
"Things, Which A Person Ought To Meditate Upon, On The Lord's-Day," by Rees Prichard
With Righteousness thy girded loins surround,
Nor deign to use Hypocrisy unsound:
For there's no neater, and stronger wear,
Than a true heart join'd to a mind sincere.
"A Warning To Guard, Whilst It Is Yet Day, Against The Assaults Of The World, The Flesh, And The Devi" by Rees Prichard
Death I've deserv'd, and Tophet's scenes of woe —
Deserv'd the doom, hypocrisy shall know —
Yet give me not, O God! what I've deserv'd,
But by Christ's merits let me be preserv'd.
"An Earnest Prayer For Pardon Of Sins" by Rees Prichard

In news:

The Hypocrisy Of American Democracy.
Hollywood, hypocrisy and Matt Damon's anti-fracking film.
Joe Biden accuses Romney, Ryan of deficit hypocrisy .
Republicans Saturday of hypocrisy over the budget, mocking "how they bleed over the national debt" despite a role in driving it up.
Obama's hypocrisy on display at UN.
Scott Brown accuses Elizabeth Warren of hypocrisy over legal work.
President Obama's General Motors hypocrisy .
'Freedom lovers' revel in hypocrisy .
In Orange County, injustice, hypocrisy rule in sick-time decision.
Stench of hypocrisy surrounds homeless issue in Sacramento.
Area superintendents say Rep Nelson's comments are 'height of hypocrisy '.
OPINION Armstrong case reeks of hypocrisy .
I am amazed at the ignorance and hypocrisy of the right wing of the GOP.
Inconsistency and hypocrisy have long been staples of the campaign trail.
There's been much hypocrisy on this.