a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives; [syn: hypocrite, dissembler, dissimulator, phony, phoney, pretender]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:Hypocrite \Hyp"o*crite\, n. [F., fr. L. hypocrita, Gr. ? one who plays a part on the stage, a dissembler, feigner. See Hypocrisy.] One who plays a part; especially, one who, for the purpose of winning approbation of favor, puts on a fair outside seeming; one who feigns to be other and better than he is; a false pretender to virtue or piety; one who simulates virtue or piety. [1913 Webster] The hypocrite's hope shall perish. --Job viii. 13. [1913 Webster] I dare swear he is no hypocrite, but
praysfrom his heart. --Shak. Syn: Deceiver; pretender; cheat. See Dissembler. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):hypocrite n 1: a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives [syn: hypocrite, dissembler, dissimulator, phony, phoney, pretender]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:80 Moby Thesaurus words for "hypocrite": Holy Willie, Joseph Surface, Mawworm, Pecksniff, Pharisee, Tartuffe, actor, affecter, ape, attitudinizer, bluffer, canter, canting hypocrite, charlatan, con man, confidence man, conformist, copier, copycat, copyist, counterfeiter, cuckoo, deceiver, dissembler, dissimulator, double-dealer, echo, echoer, echoist, fair-weather friend, faker, false friend, flimflam man, flimflammer, forger, formalist, fraud, humbug, imitator, impersonator, imposter, impostor, liar, lip server, lip worshiper, masquerader, mealymouth, mime, mimer, mimic, mimicker, mocker, mockingbird, monkey, mountebank, parrot, pharisee, phony, pietist, pious fraud, plagiarist, poll-parrot, polly, polly-parrot, poser, poseur, pretender, quack, ranter, religionist, religious hypocrite, sanctimonious fraud, sham, sheep, simulator, sniveler, snuffler, spiritual humbug, summer soldier, whited sepulcherEaston's 1897 Bible Dictionary:Hypocrite one who puts on a mask and feigns himself to be what he is not; a dissembler in religion. Our Lord severely rebuked the scribes and Pharisees for their hypocrisy (Matt. 6:2, 5, 16). "The hypocrite's hope shall perish" ( Job8:13). The Hebrew word here rendered "hypocrite" rather means the "godless" or "profane," as it is rendered in Jer. 23:11, i.e., polluted with crimes.The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):HYPOCRITE, n. One who, profession virtues that he does not respect secures the advantage of seeming to be what he despises.