- Word History
|part of speech:
||a person who pretends to be different or better than he or she really is. Someone who does not act according to his or her stated beliefs is a hypocrite.
We thought he was a hypocrite because he told us cheating was bad, even though he has cheated on several tests.
- similar words:
||hypocritical (adj.), hypocritically (adv.)
Our word hypocrite
comes from an ancient Greek word that means "actor" or "pretender."