The act or practice of a hypocrite; a feigning to be what one is not, or to feel what one does not feel; a dissimulation, or a concealment of one’s real character, disposition, or motives; especially, the assuming of false appearance of virtue or religion; a simulation of goodness.
Hypocrisy is the necessary burden of villainy. (Rambler)
Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue. (la Rochefoucauld)
Origin: oe. Hypocrisie, ypocrisie, OF. Hypocrisie, ypocrisie, f. Hypocrisie, L. Hypocrisis, fr. Gr. The playing a part on the stage, simulation, outward show, fr. To answer on the stage, to play a part; under – to decide; in the middle voice, to dispute, contend.