[ noun ] an expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction



Used in print

(Edward P. Lawton, "Northern Liberals and Southern...)

The American liberal may , in the world of to-day , have a strong case ; but he presents it publicly so enmeshed in hypocrisy that it is not an honest one .

Related terms

pretense crocodile_tears

[ noun ] insincerity by virtue of pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not really have

Used in print

(Ralph J. Salisbury, "On the Old Santa Fe Trail...)

`` Moriarty '' , my driver suddenly exclaimed with something so definite , so final in his tone I once_more repeated the absurdity , mustering all my latent powers of hypocrisy to sound convinced .