ὑποκριταὶ [18 verses](noun pl masc nom) "Hypocrites" is hypokrites, which means "an interpreter," "an actor," "a stage player," and "a dissembler." -- (UW) The Greek for "the hypocrites" is a great example of a word that has taken its English meaning from how it is used in the Bible rather than the original Greek. The primary meaning during Christ's era was "an actor." See this article on the word and its wordplay. Interestingly enough, it also means "interpreter," which is another separation between what is said and reality. Its literal meaning is "beneath separation," which describes the separation between fact and fiction, real action versus pretended action.