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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.
Translations of “hypocrisy”
in Spanish hipocresía…
in French hypocrisie…
in German die Heuchelei…
in Chinese (Traditional) 虛偽,偽善…
in Russian лицемерие…
in Turkish iki yüzlülük, riyakârlık, mürailik…
in Chinese (Simplified) 虚伪,伪善…
in Polish hipokryzja…
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