from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A person given to hypocrisy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who assumes a false appearance; one who feigns to be what he is not, or to feel or believe what he does not actually feel or believe; especially, a false pretender to virtue or piety.
  • noun Synonyms Dissembler, Hypocrite (see dissembler); Pharisee, formalist, cheat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old French ypocrite (Modern French hypocrite), from Ecclesiastical Latin hypocrita, from Ancient Greek ὑποκριτής (hupokritēs, "actor, hypocrite"), from ὑποκρίνομαι (hupokrinomai, "I answer, act, feign").


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  • i like how much this word sounds like Hippocratic (Hippocratic Oath).

    it is not actually ironic, but i still find it amusing.

    August 20, 2009