1. a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.
2. a pretense of having some desirable or publicly approved attitude.
3. an act or instance of hypocrisy.
If you have ever watched The Daily Show with Jon Stewart you will know about hypocrisy. Stewart periodically skewers Fox News by juxtaposing claims made by the networks commentators followed by earlier comments in complete contrast which contradict the former. Watching him do it is funny but also sad. How can a person live with herself/himself while saying one thing one day and contradicting it the next?
Is hypocrisy universal? We all (almost all) have two hands – do we all also exhibit hypocrisy? We know politicians, used car salesmen, and talking heads on Fox are hypocrites, but surely ethicists trained in moral philosophy are free of this all so human trait!