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HYPOCRISY, pretence, or false assumption of a high character, especially in regard to religious belief or practice. The Greek wo/cpuns, from which the word is derived through the Old French, meant primarily the acting of a part on the stage, from VTToKpivtadai, to give an answer, to speak dialogue, play a part on the stage, hence to practice dissimulation.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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