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Definitions of hypocrisy

  1. The act or practice of a hypocrite; a feigning to be what one is not, or to feel what one does not feel; a dissimulation, or a concealment of one's real character, disposition, or motives; especially, the assuming of false appearance of virtue or religion; a simulation of goodness. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. A pretending to be what one is not; a putting on of an appearance of virtue which is not possessed. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. Simulation of virtue or piety; dissimulation. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. The feigning to be what one is not. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. A feigning to be what one is not; dissimulation. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. A feigning to be what one is not; concealment of one's real character or motives. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for hypocrisy

  1. Such conduct is practical hypocrisy and Atheism. – The Works of John Bunyan Volume 3 by John Bunyan
  2. The sheriff knew well the hypocrisy of the sentiment with which Rivers concluded, but made no remark. – Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia by William Gilmore Simms
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