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From Middle English ipocrisie, from Old French ypocrisie, from Late Latin hypocrisis, from Ancient Greek ὑπόκρισις ‎(hupókrisis, answer, stage acting, pretense), from ὑποκρίνομαι ‎(hupokrínomai, I reply), from ὑπό ‎(hupó, under, equivalent of the modern "hypo-" prefix) + the middle voice of κρίνω ‎(krínō, I separate, judge, decide).


hypocrisy ‎(plural hypocrisies)

  1. The claim or pretense of having beliefs, standards, qualities, behaviours, virtues, motivations, etc. which one does not actually have. [from early 13th c.]
  2. The practice of engaging in the same behaviour or activity for which one criticises another; moral self-contradiction whereby the behavior of one or more people belies their own claimed or implied possession of certain beliefs, standards or virtues.
  3. An instance of either or both of the above.

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