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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

Relating to pretending to be good, pious or sympathetic without really being so.

Usage examples (31)
  • Early in life, I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility.
  • hypocritical praise
  • Brewer fumes at the oil-services giant's tactics, which he calls hypocritical and reminiscent of the rhetorical handsprings of the
  • I don't think "hypocritical" is part of me, but "looking from every angle" is, which is pretty hypocritical whether I like it or not. for more
Tutoring comment
  • The movie critic is "hypercritical" (overly inclined to find fault), not "hypocritical" (phony or fake).
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