lip service


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lip service

n.
Verbal expression of agreement or allegiance, unsupported by real conviction or action; hypocritical respect: "Lip service continues to be paid to resolving regional conflicts, but there is no sense of urgency" (Henry A. Kissinger).

lip service

n
insincere support or respect expressed but not put into practice

lip′ serv`ice


n.
insincere profession of friendship, admiration, support, etc.; service by words only.
lip′ serv`er, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lip service - an expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction
dissembling, feigning, pretense, pretence - pretending with intention to deceive
crocodile tears - a hypocritical display of sorrow; false or insincere weeping; "the secretaries wept crocodile tears over the manager's dilemma"; "politicians shed crocodile tears over the plight of the unemployed"
Translations

lip service

n to pay lip service to sthessere favorevole a qc solo a parole
he pays lip service to environmentalism but ... → si professa ambientalista ma...
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The Catholics of this nation must be told of the consequences they will face if they pay only lip service to the words they speak at the beginning of every Mass, "Forgive me, Father, for what I have done and what I have failed to do.
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