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Definition pretending to have moral standards while not living up to them
  • It's not clear if she is guilty of moral hypocrisy or moral weakness.
hypocrisy = pretending to have moral standards while not living up to them
  • Hypocrisy is a standard feature of party politics with the majority regularly taking steps they claimed were wrong when the other party had the majority.
  • I would rather see hypocrisy due to weakness than abdication of moral standards.
  • By next morning Grandpa had found a way to thumb his nose at the whole dang town, so pious and hypocritical:
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • hypocritical = pretending to have moral standards while not living up to them
  • You seem to me to have absolutely no conscience—only hypocrisy; and you can't see the difference...
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • hypocrisy = pretending to have moral standards while not living up to them
  • ...spouting my opinions on rich football players and hypocritical college sports programs.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • hypocritical = pretending to have moral standards while not living up to them
  • There was a bit of lie in this attitude of mine, a bit of hypocrisy; but the lie and the hypocrisy were those of a man desiring to live.
    London, Jack  --  John Barleycorn
  • Hypocrisy is the homage which vice pays to virtue.
    Francois de La Rochefoucauld
  • In hypocrisy he had worn the mask of goodness.
    Wilde, Oscar  --  The Picture Of Dorian Gray
  • ...child, you should read books which would teach you a little hypocrisy, which would instruct you how to hide your thoughts a little better.
    Fielding, Henry  --  The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
  • Neither lying, nor cheating, nor hypocrisy was here.
    London, Jack  --  Burning Daylight
  • Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises; for never intending to go beyond promises; it costs nothing.
    Edmund Burke
  • His decent reticence is branded as hypocrisy, his circumlocutions are roundly called lies, and his silence is vilified as treachery.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Moon and Sixpence
  • I could bear those hypocritical smiles no longer!
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Tell-Tale Heart
  • Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • He was such a brute, that cook, illtempered and hypocritical.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • "Rather hypocritical," Annabeth said, "since the gods make fun of each other all the time.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • They are like people who when walking with you try to shorten their steps to suit yours; the hypocrisy in both cases is equally exasperating.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • It seems hypocritical, perverse.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • No, no. Hypocrisy seldom goes with wrinkled age like that.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur

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