• (British) IPA: /hɪˈpɒkɹəsi/
  • (America) IPA: /hɪˈpɑkɹəsi/


  1. The contrivance of a false appearance of virtue or goodness, while concealing real character or inclinations, especially with respect to religious and moral beliefs; hence in general sense, dissimulation, pretence, sham.
  2. The claim or pretense of having beliefs, standards, qualities, behaviours, virtues, motivations, etc. which one does not really have. [from early 13th c.]
  3. The practice of engaging in the same behaviour or activity for which one criticises another; moral self-contradiction whereby the behavior of one or more people belie#Verb|belies their own claimed or implied possession of certain beliefs, standards or virtues.
  4. An instance of any or all of the above.
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