WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
hy•poc•ri•sy /hɪˈpɑkrəsi/USA pronunciation   n.[uncountablecountable]pl.  -sies. 
  1. an act or instance of pretending to have desirable qualities or views that one does not really possess.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
hy•poc•ri•sy  (hi pokrə sē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -sies. 
  1. a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.
  2. a pretense of having some desirable or publicly approved attitude.
  3. an act or instance of hypocrisy.
  • Latin and Greek
  • Greek hypókrisis play acting, equivalent. to hypokrí̄(nesthai) to play a part, explain (hypo- hypo- + krí̄nein to distinguish, separate) + -sis -sis; h- (reintroduced in 16th century)
  • Late Latin hypocrisis
  • Old French
  • Middle English ipocrisie 1175–1225
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  deceit. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

hypocrisy /hɪˈpɒkrəsɪ/ n ( pl -sies)
  1. the practice of professing standards, beliefs, etc, contrary to one's real character or actual behaviour, esp the pretence of virtue and piety
  2. an act or instance of this

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