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hypocrisy

noun [U]  /hɪˈpɑk·rə·si/ disapproving us  
pretending to be what you are not, or pretending to believe something that you do not: Critics are accusing him of hypocrisy and deceit.
hypocrite
noun [C]  /ˈhɪp·əˌkrɪt/ us  
The biggest hypocrites in sports are owners who yell about playerssalaries.
hypocritical
adjective [not gradable]  /ˌhɪp·əˈkrɪt̬·ɪ·kəl/ us  
It’s hypocritical for him to criticize her for doing the same things that he does.
(Definition of hypocrisy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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