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hypocrisy

noun [U] uk   /hɪˈpɒk.rɪ.si/ us    /-ˈpɑː.krə-/ disapproving
C2 a situation in which someone pretends to believe something that they do not really believe, or that is the opposite of what they do or say at another time: There's one rule for her and another rule for everyone else and it's sheer hypocrisy.
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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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