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1911 Encyclopedia Britannica


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Pretence, or false assumption of a high character, especially in regard to religious belief or practice. The Greek inrimpevcs, from which the word is derived through the Old French, meant primarily the acting of a part on the stage, from inToKptvEO-Oat, to give an answer, to speak dialogue, play a part on the stage, hence to practice dissimulation.

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Chisholm, Hugh, General Editor. Entry for 'Hypocrisy'. 1911 Encyclopedia Britanica. 1910.

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