Definition of Hypocrite

1. Noun. 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.




Definition of Hypocrite

1. n. 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.

Definition of Hypocrite

1. Noun. Someone who practices hypocrisy, who pretends to hold beliefs, or whose actions are not consistent with their claimed beliefs. (defdate from early 13th c.) ¹

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Definition of Hypocrite

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Medical Definition of Hypocrite

1. 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." (Job viii. 13) "I dare swear he is no hypocrite, but prays from his heart." (Shak) Synonym: Deceiver, pretender, cheat. See Dissembler. Origin: F, fr. L. Hypocrita, Gr. One who plays a part on the stage, a dissembler, feigner. See Hypocrisy. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hypocrite

hypocoristics
hypocorticoidism
hypocortisolism
hypocotyl
hypocotyls
hypocracy
hypocrateriform
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hypocreales
hypocretin
hypocretins
hypocrisie
hypocrisies
hypocrism
hypocrisy
hypocrite (current term)
hypocritely
hypocrites
hypocritic
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hypocrystalline
hypocupraemia
hypocycloid
hypocycloidal
hypocycloids
hypocystotomy
hypocythemia
hypocytosis
hypodactylum

Literary usage of Hypocrite

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1. The Holy State and the Profane State by Thomas Fuller (1840)
"Y hypocrite, we understand such a one as doth (Isaiah xxxii. 6. ... A hypocrite is himself both the archer and the mark, in all actions shooting at his ..."

2. The Englishman's Greek Concordance of the New Testament: Being an Attempt at by George V. Wigram (1870)
"scribes and Pharisees, hypocrite* ! and appoint (him) his portion with the hypocrites : Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, ..."

3. Hints on Advocacy: Conduct of Cases Civil and Criminal. Classes of Witnesses by Richard Harris (1884)
"THE CANTING hypocrite. " For Cant is itself properly a double-distilled lie, ... The CANTING hypocrite is not the least pleasing object of creation when in ..."

4. A View of the English Stage: Or, A Series of Dramatic Criticisms by William Hazlitt (1906)
"THE Tartuffe? the original of The hypocrite? is a play that we do not very well ... Still less do we understand The hypocrite, which is taken from it. ..."

5. Irish Literature by Justin McCarthy, Maurice Francis Egan, Charles Welsh, Douglas Hyde, Gregory, James Jeffrey Roche (1904)
"'The Plain Dealer' and ' The hypocrite,' both alterations of other plays, ... From 'The hypocrite.' OLD LADY LAMBERT and DR. CANTWELL in conference. ..."

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