hypocrite

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hypocrite a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hypocrite One who plays a part; especially, one who, for the purpose of winning approbation of favor, puts on a fair outside seeming; one who feigns to be other and better than he is; a false pretender to virtue or piety; one who simulates virtue or piety. "The hypocrite's hope shall perish.""I dare swear he is no hypocrite , but prays from his heart."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hypocrite One who assumes a false appearance; one who feigns to be what he is not, or to feel or believe what he does not actually feel or believe; especially, a false pretender to virtue or piety.
    • n hypocrite Synonyms Dissembler, Hypocrite (see dissembler); Pharisee, formalist, cheat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hypocrite hip′o-krit one who practises hypocrisy
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Quotations

  • Charles Baudelaire
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    “Hypocrite reader -- my fellow -- my brother!”
  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “Of two evils, it is always best to vote for the least hypocritical.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity.”
  • William Hazlitt
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    “The only vice which cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Better to be known as a sinner than a hypocrite.”
  • Tennessee Williams
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    “The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that's also a hypocrite!”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. hypocrita, Gr. one who plays a part on the stage, a dissembler, feigner. See Hypocrisy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—Gr. hypokritēs.

Usage

In literature:

Even the averagest man is no hypocrite.
"'Oh, Well, You Know How Women Are!' AND 'Isn't That Just Like a Man!'" by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
It's easy enough to see what he means," said another, "the hypocrite!
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
What, can I thus be doubly a hypocrite?
"The Martyr of the Catacombs" by Anonymous
Among those who war against nature and human happiness, not the least dangerous foe is the religious hypocrite.
"A History of French Literature" by Edward Dowden
I'm going out the South and Hypocrite Channels.
"The Wreck of the Titan" by Morgan Robertson
Can a Christian, Mr Walpole, play the hypocrite as well as other men?
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 343, May 1844" by Various
He was more than ever sure that Grannie was a simpleton and Caesar a brazen hypocrite.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
A girl can be a hypocrite if she pleases, and perhaps she ought.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
What hypocrites women are!
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
An hypocritical convert of the times.
"Microcosmography" by John Earle
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In poetry:

Pleasant a grave
By the "Rock" or wave,
And afar from life's turmoil its goal.
No sculptured lie,
Or hypocrite sigh,
E'er to mock the bright truth of the soul.
"“Memento”" by Mary Baker Eddy
Ye hypocrites! stain not his grave with a tear,
Nor blast the fresh planted willow
That weeps o'er his grave; for while he was there,
Ye refused him a crumb and a pillow.
"The Death And Burial Of McDonald Clarke: A Parody" by Walt Whitman
"Oh, this is brave," say you—"now we are free
To boat or rail—each man to please himself;
No Sabbatarian hypocrites are we,
We lay the Fourth Commandment on the shelf."
"Intemperance And The Sunday Trains" by Janet Hamilton
Oh, who in creation would fail to descend
That wonderful hole in the ground?--
That, feeling its way like a hypocrite-friend
In sinuous fashion, seems never to end;
While thunder and lightning abound.
"The Subway" by Hattie Howard
O fair girl Queen, well weep for the friend
To his faith too faithful and thee;
For a brother's hypocrite tears; for the flight
To the Castle set by the sea;--
Where thy father's tomb lay and gaped in the gloom
'Twere better for thee to be!
"Crossing Solway" by Francis Turner Palgrave
Alas! thou think'st thyself secure,
Because thy form is innocent and pure:
Like hypocrites, which seem unspotted here;
But, when they sadly come to die,
And the last fire their truth must try,
Scrawled o'er like thee, and blotted, they appear.
"Written In Juice Of Lemon" by Abraham Cowley

In news:

Shame on Steelman for hypocritically condoning violent rhetoric.
Iran says the P5+1 countries are being hypocritical when it comes to nuclear weapons.
It takes a real man to admit that he has been a hypocrite - and a woman to show him how.
This country is way too hypocritical about sex.
That's been replaced now with another term - hypocrite.
The Plain Dealer editorial titled "America again opts for Obama," which appeared the day after the election, was stunningly hypocritical.
If Mitt Romney had flip-flopped on Christie the way I did, I'd have called him a hypocrite , an Etch a Sketcher, a revisionist and no doubt, somehow, a liar.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama's campaign is calling GOP nominee Mitt Romney a hypocrite when it comes to China in a new web video released Wednesday.
Hypocritical approach to unions.
Obama's recess appointment is hypocritical .
Raley's strikers are being hypocritical on health benefits.
Last-minute Prop 6 ad is hypocritical and low -- even for Manuel (Matty) Moroun.
Anti-casino ads in Maryland are hypocritical but effective.
Gov Chris Christie's veto vow is a hypocritical political posturing.
New Jersey sports betting plan called hypocritical .
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