Hypocrisy Hy*poc"ri*sy (h[i^]*p[o^]k"r[i^]*s[y^]), n.; pl. {Hypocrisies} (-s[i^]z). [OE. hypocrisie, ypocrisie, OF. hypocrisie, ypocrisie, F. hypocrisie, L. hypocrisis, fr. Gr. "ypo`krisis the playing a part on the stage, simulation, outward show, fr. "ypokr`nesqai to answer on the stage, to play a part; "ypo` under + kri`nein to decide; in the middle voice, to dispute, contend. See {Hypo-}, and {Critic}.] The act or practice of a hypocrite; a feigning to be what one is not, or to feel what one does not feel; a dissimulation, or a concealment of one's real character, disposition, or motives; especially, the assuming of false appearance of virtue or religion; a simulation of goodness. [1913 Webster]

Hypocrisy is the necessary burden of villainy. --Rambler. [1913 Webster]

Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue. --La Rochefoucauld (Trans. ). [1913 Webster]

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