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hyp·o·crite

 (hĭp′ə-krĭt′)
n.
A person given to hypocrisy.

[Middle English ipocrite, from Old French, from Late Latin hypocrita, from Greek hupokritēs, actor, from hupokrīnesthai, to play a part, pretend; see hypocrisy.]

hypocrite

(ˈhɪpəkrɪt)
n
a person who pretends to be what he is not
[C13: from Old French ipocrite, via Late Latin, from Greek hupokritēs one who plays a part, from hupokrinein to feign, from krinein to judge]
ˌhypoˈcritical, ˌhypoˈcritic adj
ˌhypoˈcritically adv

hyp•o•crite

(ˈhɪp ə krɪt)

n.
a person who practices hypocrisy, esp. a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.
[1175–1225; Middle English ipocrite < Old French < Late Latin hypocrita < Greek hypokritḗs a stage actor, hence one who plays a part, hypocrite =hypokri(nesthai) (see hypocrisy) + -tēs agent suffix]
hyp`o•crit′i•cal, adj.
hyp`o•crit′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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 motiveshypocrite - 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
beguiler, cheater, deceiver, trickster, slicker, cheat - someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
charmer, smoothie, smoothy, sweet talker - someone with an assured and ingratiating manner
Tartufe, Tartuffe - a hypocrite who pretends to religious piety (after the protagonist in a play by Moliere)
whited sepulcher, whited sepulchre - a person who is inwardly evil but outwardly professes to be virtuous

hypocrite

noun fraud, deceiver, pretender, charlatan, impostor, pharisee, dissembler, Tartuffe, Pecksniff, Holy Willie, whited sepulchre, phoney or phony (informal) The magazine wrongly suggested he was a liar and a hypocrite.
Quotations
"Their sighan', cantan', grace-proud faces,"
"Their three-mile prayers, and half-mile graces" [Robert Burns To the Rev. John M'Math]

hypocrite

noun
A person who practices hypocrisy:
Translations
مُراءٍ، مُنافِق
pokrytec
hykler
tekopyhä
álszentképmutató
hræsnari
위선자
ipocritipocrită
pokrytec
hinavec
hycklare
ikiyüzlü/riyakâr kimse
伪君子鄉愿

hypocrite

[ˈhɪpəkrɪt] Nhipócrita mf

hypocrite

[ˈhɪpəkrɪt] nhypocrite mf

hypocrite

nHeuchler(in) m(f), → Scheinheilige(r) mf

hypocrite

[ˈhɪpəkrɪt] nipocrita m/f

hypocrisy

(hiˈpokrəsi) noun
the act or state of pretending to be better than one is or to have feelings or beliefs which one does not actually have.
hypocrite (ˈhipəkrit) noun
a person who is guilty of hypocrisy.
ˌhypoˈcritical (hipəˈkri-) adjective
ˌhypoˈcritically adverb
References in classic literature ?
Unless the dear brown eyes were the falsest hypocrites in the world, it was impossible that she should have forgotten me.
A treacherous friend is the most dangerous enemy; and I will say boldly, that both religion and virtue have received more real discredit from hypocrites than the wittiest profligates or infidels could ever cast upon them: nay, farther, as these two, in their purity, are rightly called the bands of civil society, and are indeed the greatest of blessings; so when poisoned and corrupted with fraud, pretence, and affectation, they have become the worst of civil curses, and have enabled men to perpetrate the most cruel mischiefs to their own species.
There are so many hypocrites in this church that it isn't fit for decent people to come to," she said.
Well, well,' says my governess, 'that's none of my business; if it was, I warrant I should find there was something of that kind in it; your modest men in common opinion are sometimes no better than other people, only they keep a better character, or, if you please, are the better hypocrites.
But Oedipus spurns the hypocrite, and invokes a dire curse on both his unnatural sons.
Grounds I you shall have them; and turn to the light that I may see your brazen face blush black, when you hear yourself proved to be a liar and a hypocrite.
Brother," resumed the hypocrite, "you are so good to me, and you give me such wise counsels that I always return to you.
Let the advocates of a falsely called Philanthropy plead as they may for the abrogation of the Irregular Penal Laws, I for my part have never known an Irregular who was not also what Nature evidently intended him to be -- a hypocrite, a misanthropist, and, up to the limits of his power, a perpetrator of all manner of mischief.
At most you sniggered at the hypocrite or the fool: the characters expressed themselves in cruel words that seemed wrung out of their hearts by shame and anguish.
I say that old Mazarino Mazarini is a hypocrite, who burns impatiently to make his niece Queen of France.
Yes, they can all play the hypocrite when they want to take in a fond, misguided woman
It is clear to you, I hope, that Stephen was not a hypocrite,--capable of deliberate doubleness for a selfish end; and yet his fluctuations between the indulgence of a feeling and the systematic concealment of it might have made a good case in support of Philip's accusation.