Meaning of “hypocrisy” in the English Dictionary

"hypocrisy" in British English

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hypocrisynoun [ U ]

uk /hɪˈpɒk.rɪ.si/ us /hɪˈpɑː.krə.si/ 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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  • Her strongest criticism was reserved for the prime minister whom she accused of 'nauseating hypocrisy'.
  • I'm amazed at the hypocrisy of the man - buying a foreign car after urging everyone else to buy British products.
  • In constantly criticizing others for being intolerant while refusing to hear anyone else's view, they are guilty of supreme hypocrisy.
  • His behaviour in this whole affair does rather savour of hypocrisy - he's certainly not without blame himself.
  • Why can't politicians just be honest with themselves and stop all this hypocrisy?

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

"hypocrisy" in American English

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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 playerssalaries.
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)