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Etymology

From Middle English ipocrisie < Old French ypocrisie < Late Latin hypocrisis < Ancient Greek ὑπόκρισις (hupokrisis), answer, stage acting, pretense) < ὑποκρίνομαι (hupokrinomai), I reply) < ὑπό (hupo), under) + the middle voice of κρίνω (krinō), I separate, judge, decide).

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hypocrisy

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hypocris

hypocrisy (hypocris)
  1. The claim, pretense, or false representation of holding beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not actually possess.

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