pretense of virtue; failure to follow one’s own expressed principles

Hypocrisy is not following a principle while telling someone else that they did not follow a principle.[1][2] The person who does hypocrisy may not necessarily know that he is not following the principle.[3]

A hypocrite is a person who does hypocrisy. A person who is a hypocrite will criticize at someone else not to do a certain behavior or activity but still do the same behavior or activity. For example, if Person A shouted at Person B that Person B should not talk loudly, then Person A is a hypocrite.


  1. Lammers, Joris (2011), "Power increases infidelity among men and women", Psychological Science, 22 (9): 1191–97, doi:10.1177/0956797611416252, PMID 21771963, S2CID 11385458
  2. "Definition of HYPOCRISY".
  3. David Runciman (2010). Political Hypocrisy: The Mask of Power, from Hobbes to Orwell and Beyond. Princeton UP. p. 8. ISBN 978-0691148151.