People who tell you not to eat candy while they chomp away on licorice all day? People who say they hate cars but always beg you for a ride? They are engaging in hypocrisy, or behavior that is different from what they say they believe.

A hypocrite is a person who practices hypocrisy: what they say is not what they do. The noun hypocrisy descends from the Greek hypokrisis "acting on a stage," from hypokrinesthai "to play a part, pretend," from the prefix hypo- "under" plus krinein "to judge." Many times kids are enraged by their parents' hypocrisy when parents make their children follow rules they don't follow themselves.

Definitions of hypocrisy
  1. noun
    insincerity by virtue of pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not really have
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    sanctimoniousness, sanctimony
    the quality of being hypocritically devout
    fulsomeness, oiliness, oleaginousness, smarminess, unction, unctuousness
    smug self-serving earnestness
    type of:
    falseness, hollowness, insincerity
    the quality of not being open or truthful; deceitful or hypocritical
  2. noun
    an expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction
    synonyms: lip service
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    crocodile tears
    a hypocritical display of sorrow; false or insincere weeping
    type of:
    dissembling, feigning, pretence, pretense
    pretending with intention to deceive
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