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hypocrisy


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hypocrisy  \Hy*poc"ri*sy\  (h[i^]*p[o^]k"r[i^]*s[y^]),  n.;  pl 
  {Hypocrisies}  (-s[i^]z).  [OE.  hypocrisie,  ypocrisie  OF 
  hypocrisie,  ypocrisie  F.  hypocrisie,  L.  hypocrisis,  fr  Gr 
  "ypo`krisis  the  playing  a  part  on  the  stage,  simulation, 
  outward  show  fr  "ypokr`nesqai  to  answer  on  the  stage,  to 
  play  a  part  "ypo`  under  +  kri`nein  to  decide;  in  the  middle 
  voice,  to  dispute,  contend.  See  {Hypo-},  and  {Critic}.] 
  The  act  or  practice  of  a  hypocrite;  a  feigning  to  be  what  one 
  is  not  or  to  feel  what  one  does  not  feel  a  dissimulation, 
  or  a  concealment  of  one's  real  character,  disposition,  or 
  motives;  especially,  the  assuming  of  false  appearance  of 
  virtue  or  religion;  a  simulation  of  goodness. 
 
  Hypocrisy  is  the  necessary  burden  of  villainy. 
  --Rambler. 
 
  Hypocrisy  is  the  homage  vice  pays  to  virtue.  --La 
  Rochefoucauld 
  (Trans.  ). 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hypocrisy 
  n  1:  an  expression  of  agreement  that  is  not  supported  by  real 
  conviction  [syn:  {lip  service}] 
  2:  insincerity  by  virtue  of  pretending  to  have  qualities  or 
  beliefs  that  you  do  not  really  have 




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