Definition for HY-POC'RI-SY

HY-POC'RI-SY, n. [Fr. hypocrisie; L. hypocrisis; Gr. υποκρισις, simulation; υποκρινομαι, to feign; υπο and κρινω, to separate, discern or judge.]

  1. Simulation; a feigning to be what one is not; or dissimulation, a concealment of one's real character or motives. More generally, hypocrisy is simulation, or the assuming of a false appearance of virtue or religion; a deceitful show of a good character, in morals or religion; a counterfeiting of religion. Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Luke xii.
  2. Simulation; deceitful appearance; false pretense. Hypocrisy is the necessary burden of villainy. Rambler.

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