hypocrisy hypocrisy  /hɪ ˈpɑ krə si/


  1. (n) insincerity by virtue of pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not really have
  2. (n) an expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction


  1. To change the law now that there is a Democrat in the governor's office smacks of hypocrisy, they said.
  2. It may seem like yet another example of Washington hypocrisy, but the Obama Administration insists there is no contradiction between its words and actions.
  3. When Kesey decided to take on the hypocrisy, cruelty and enforced conformity of modern life, he dug into his own experiences as a test subject in a mental hospital.


  1. Tim Rutten: Domestic spying rages unchecked in post-9/11 world

    "Hypocrisy," according to Rochefaucauld's famous maxim, "is the homage vice pays to virtue." If that's true, then the reverence President Barack Obama and his aides hold for Americans' civil liberties knows no bounds.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Daily News

  2. Letters: Stop the witch hunt

    Republican hypocrisy constantly stuns me. NSA spying: PRISM began under Bush, who also brought us the Patriot Act,...
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Deseret News

  3. Glacial pace at Merion suggests the USGA is in no hurry to change

    By John HugganARDMORE, Pa. -- The irony is inescapable. Or should that be hypocrisy? In the same week it announced its much-ballyhooed attack on slow play, "While We're Young," the USGA has made itself something of a laughingstock by presenting America's national championship on a course covered with long grass and greens running between 13 and 13.5 on the stimpmeter.(Photo by Getty Images ...
    on June 16, 2013     Source: GolfDigest.com via Yahoo! Sports


  1. "Once again, Israel faces hypocrisy and a biased rush to judgment," Mr Netanyahu said as he defended the actions of Israeli marines who, he said, fired in self-defence against Turks wielding sticks and knives on the cruise liner Mavi Marmara....
    on Jun 2, 2010 By: Benjamin Netanyahu Source: Telegraph.co.uk

  2. "This is pure hypocrisy, but the worst part about it is, think how it falls on the ears in capitals of Europe and the rest of the world and Toyko when the president of the United States says under no condition will we talk to anybody like that, and...
    on Mar 26, 2008 By: Joe Biden Source: NPR

  3. To spend so much while asking state agencies to spend less, Dunnam said, is "just rank hypocrisy."
    on May 17, 2010 By: Jim Dunnam Source: Washington Post (blog)

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