noun (hypocris, ies)
Etymology: From Middle English ipocrisie, from Latin hypocrisis (play-acting or pretense), via Old French. Ultimately from the Greek hupokrisis (act in a play), from hupokrÄnesthai (to play a part or pretend), from krÄnesthai (to explain) + hupo (hypo-).
- The claim, pretense, or false representation of holding beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not actually possess.
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