Hypocrisy

Definition of Hypocrisy

Hy`poc´ri`sy   Pronunciation: hĭ`pǒk´rĭ`sŷ
n.1.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. ).

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Pecksniffery, Pharisaism, Tartuffery, Tartuffism, affectation, affectedness, airs, airs and graces, artfulness, artificiality, casuistry, charlatanism, charlatanry, chicanery, craft, cunning, deceitfulness, deception, double-dealing, duplicity, empty gesture, facade, false front, false piety, false show, falseheartedness, falseness, feigned belief, front, furtiveness, glibness, goody-goodiness, guile, humbug, hypocriticalness, image, indirection, insidiousness, insincerity, lip service, lying, mannerism, mealymouthedness, mendacity, mere show, mouthing, mummery, oiliness, ostentatious devotion, pecksniffery, pharisaicalness, pietism, pietisticalness, piety, piousness, pretension, prunes and prisms, public image, put-on, putting on airs, quackery, religionism, religiosity, sanctimoniousness, sanctimony, self-righteousness, sham, shiftiness, show, sneak attack, sneakiness, snivel, snuffle, snuffling, soft soap, stylishness, surreptitiousness, sweet talk, tokenism, treacherousness, two-facedness, unction, unctuousness, underhandedness, unnaturalness
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