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 for hypocrisy
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hypocrisy \Hy*poc"ri*sy\ (h[i^]*p[o^]k"r[i^]*s[y^]), n.; pl.
     Hypocrisies (-s[i^]z). [OE. hypocrisie, ypocrisie, OF.
     hypocrisie, ypocrisie, F. hypocrisie, L. hypocrisis, fr. Gr.
     "ypo`krisis the playing a part on the stage, simulation,
     outward show, fr. "ypokr`nesqai to answer on the stage, to
     play a part; "ypo` under + kri`nein to decide; in the middle
     voice, to dispute, contend. See Hypo-, and Critic.]
     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.
     [1913 Webster]
           Hypocrisy is the necessary burden of villainy.
     [1913 Webster]
           Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue. --La
                                                    (Trans. ).
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an expression of agreement that is not supported by real
           conviction [syn: hypocrisy, lip service]
      2: insincerity by virtue of pretending to have qualities or
         beliefs that you do not really have

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  90 Moby Thesaurus words for "hypocrisy":
     Pecksniffery, Pharisaism, Tartuffery, Tartuffism, affectation,
     affectedness, airs, airs and graces, artfulness, artificiality,
     cant, casuistry, charlatanism, charlatanry, chicanery, craft,
     cunning, deceit, deceitfulness, deception, double-dealing,
     duplicity, empty gesture, facade, fakery, false front, false piety,
     false show, falseheartedness, falseness, feigned belief, front,
     furtiveness, glibness, goody-goodiness, guile, humbug,
     hypocriticalness, image, indirection, insidiousness, insincerity,
     lip service, lying, mannerism, mealymouthedness, mendacity,
     mere show, mouthing, mummery, oiliness, ostentatious devotion,
     pecksniffery, pharisaicalness, pharisaism, pietism,
     pietisticalness, piety, piousness, pretense, pretension,
     prunes and prisms, public image, put-on, putting on airs, quackery,
     religionism, religiosity, sanctimoniousness, sanctimony,
     self-righteousness, sham, shiftiness, show, sneak attack,
     sneakiness, snivel, snuffle, snuffling, soft soap, stylishness,
     surreptitiousness, sweet talk, tokenism, treacherousness,
     two-facedness, unction, unctuousness, underhandedness,

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