Definitions You Know: Hypocrisy

Author: Vivid Muse  //  Category: Definitions You Know, No Whining, Too Long For Twitter

As I mentioned with the start of the  Rules of Etiquette series, there is a second series that I want to start posting. It will simply gives definitions for unusual words. The impetus was my WordFeud obsession (pre-Words with Friends for the Droid market, and still my favorite of the two). There will be plenty of those, but not all will be word game useful because I decided to also share definitions of words that are commonly misused or misunderstood.

Like the Rules of Etiquette posts, I may or may not detail beyond the definition, depending on my mood.

For the first in the series, I’m choosing a word that nearly everyone I know, including myself, has been guilty of at one point or another in their life.

Photo by Susan Z. Click on the photo to go to her Flickr stream.

hy·poc·ri·sy

  1. a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.
  2. a pretense of having some desirable or publicly approved attitude.
  3. an act or instance of hypocrisy.

I think it’s possible that in this society, it’s necessary to build oneself up or conceal desires from others because many of us live our lives publicly, either in social media or in meat space interactions. And like most, I don’t always recognize when I’m doing it. When I do, I admit to myself and others when I discover I’m being hypocritical, and work hard to put an end to it.

At this point in my life, I’m struggling with putting aside others’ opinions of me and embracing who I am, so-called warts and all. I’m hoping to shed most, if not all hypocrisy in my life because it is such a waste of time and energy.

Anyone else willing to admit to an instance of their own hypocrisy? You don’t have to give details. Just admitting it is a huge step, in my book.

2 Responses to “Definitions You Know: Hypocrisy”

  1. Nuchtchas Says:

    I told all my exes I wasn’t the marrying kind, broke up with the man I dated for 7 years because he was looking for marriage and I never was going to get married, then I married the next guy I dated. On paper I look like a jerk, but no one made me want to marry till my husband.

    I often have the best advice for fitness and weight loss, yet I just keep adding on the pounds.

    there are lots of thinks I’m a hypocrite on, though I try really hard not to be, not to judge and to be what I say I am. Yet we all fail, it’s human nature.

  2. Vivid Muse Says:

    Nutty, being a hypocrite is definitely a part of each of us. And in some cases circumstances just change how we feel about things later. To me, that’s not hypocrisy, that’s growth. Whether it’s toward someone/something or away from that someone/something, life is full of change.

    Besides, you were only not “the marrying kind” until you met the right man. There’s a big difference between that and hypocrisy. Aren’t you glad you waited?

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