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hypocrisynoun [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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(Definition of hypocrisy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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hypocrisynoun [U]

 us   /hɪˈpɑk·rə·si/ disapproving
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]  us   /ˈhɪp·əˌkrɪt/
The ​biggest hypocrites in ​sports are owners who ​yell about ​players’ ​salaries.
hypocritical
adjective [not gradable]  us   /ˌhɪp·əˈkrɪt̬·ɪ·kəl/
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)
Translations of “hypocrisy”
in Spanish hipocresía…
in Vietnamese đạo đức giả…
in Malaysian kepura-puraan…
in Thai ความเจ้าเล่ห์หลอกลวง…
in French hypocrisie…
in German die Heuchelei…
in Chinese (Simplified) 虚伪,伪善…
in Turkish iki yüzlülük, riyakârlık, mürailik…
in Russian лицемерие…
in Indonesian kemunafikan…
in Chinese (Traditional) 虛偽,偽善…
in Polish hipokryzja…
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