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Definition of "hypocrisy" []

  • The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness. (noun)
  • An act or instance of such falseness. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hypocrisy" in a sentence
  • "I knew not, nor cared, in my joy at having escaped from such an abode of hypocrisy as my parents 'house -- for of all the vices which can disgrace humanity, I regard _hypocrisy_ as the most detestable."
  • "But watching them writhe in hypocrisy is usually entertaining."
  • "The only good thing from this exercise in hypocrisy is the fact that they have now confirmed the report on CIA foreign prisons."