A Hypocrite
Any person who puts on a false display of virtue.
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
HYPOCRITE. In English a hypocrite is one who deliberately and as a habit professes to be good when he is aware that he is not. But the word itself is a transliteration of Gk. hypokritēs, which mostly meant play-actor. Though it was soon in ecclesiastical Greek to take on its modern meaning, it seems
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
HypocriteIn contemporary English hypocrite denotes an insincere person, especially someone who pretends to be pious or virtuous when he or she really is not. Interpreters in recent years have expressed doubts about the adequacy of this traditional definition in connection with the NT. Alternative suggestions
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
HYPOCRITE. The hypocrite is a double person, natural and artificial. The first he keeps to himself, and the other he puts on, as he does his clothes, to make his appearance before men. Hypocrites have been divided into four classes: (1) The wordly hypocrite, who makes a profession of religion and pretends
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Hypocriteone who puts on a mask and feigns himself to be what he is not; a dissembler in religion. Our Lord severely rebuked the scribes and Pharisees for their hypocrisy (Matt. 6:2, 5, 16). “The hypocrite’s hope shall perish” (Job 8:13). The Hebrew word here rendered “hypocrite” rather means the “godless”
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
HypocriteThe word hypocrite is based on the Greek theatrical words that mean “actor” or “to play a part.” The essential identity of hypocrites, therefore, is that they pretend to be something they are not. Psalm 26:4 calls them “false men” and “dissemblers” (RSV), but in the Gospels the implications
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Hypʹo-crite, one who feigns to be what he is not; in especial, one who puts on the cloak of religion to hide some wicked scheme which he proposes to achieve. According to our Lord, the Pharisees, with all their decorous moralities, were really “hypocrites” (Matt. 6:16; Luke 11:39; 42–44).Hyssop.
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, Second Edition
HYPOCRITEThe word hypocrite is the transliteration of the Greek noun hypokritēs. In nonbiblical Greek the root hypokrin- means “to answer, respond” (cf. the use of apokrin- in the NT). In theatrical contexts hypokritēs could mean “actor” (Aristotle, Rhet. 3.2.4), and hypokrisis “delivery” (Aristotle,
A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs: A Reference Guide to More than 700 Topics Discussed by the Early Church Fathers
HYPOCRITESThis is how those who are consecrated to Christ should appear. And they should frame themselves in their whole of life just as they fashion themselves in the church—for the sake of gravity. They should seek to actually be meek, pious, and loving—not merely to seem to be so. However, I cannot