- Word History
|part of speech:
||one who states or pretends to hold beliefs or principles he or she does not actually practice.
A man who punishes his child for lying but at the same time lies on his tax forms is a hypocrite.
- whited sepulcher
- similar words:
- deceiver, faker, pharisee, phony, pretender
||hypocritical (adj.), hypocritically (adv.)
Our word hypocrite
comes from an ancient Greek word that means "actor" or "pretender."