Meaning of “hypocritical” in the English Dictionary

"hypocritical" in British English

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uk /ˌhɪp.əˈkrɪt.ɪ.kəl/ us /ˌhɪp.əˈkrɪt̬.ɪ.kəl/ disapproving

C2 saying that you have particular moral beliefs but behaving in a way that shows these are not sincere:

Their accusations of corruption are hypocritical - they have been just as corrupt themselves.

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  • It's rather hypocritical of you, telling me not to shout. I've seen you lose your temper with the children many times!
  • The minister gave a hypocritical speech about the importance of family values, when we all know about his sordid affairs.
  • For him to say she mustn't work so hard is a bit hypocritical, don't you think? He's a workaholic himself.
  • I suppose it sounds hypocritical, but I think you should keep out of other people's business.
  • Surely it is hypocritical to condemn one dictator and to support another?
adverb uk /ˌhɪp.əˈkrɪt.ɪ.kəl.i/ us /ˌhɪp.əˈkrɪt̬.ɪ.kəl.i/

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