By S. Bauer - 02/11/2011 13:50 - Portugal
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It's hypocritical because her complaint towards him is that he was making the house smell like smoke. By setting the couch on fire, and thereby causing the house to smell like smoke, she was doing exactly what she was yelling at her partner for. Hence she becomes a hypocrite. Logic people, use it.
Get your definitions straight, #46. Hypocrite: a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs. Is she an hypocrite for setting the couch on fire by ACCIDENT? You are making it sound like she did it on purpose, which is not the case.
51, No sir or mamn I have them quite straight thank you very much. Whether intentional or accidental does not change an outcome. Your own definition proves that. "especially a person whose actions Belie stated beliefs". Nowhere in that definition does it give leeway for your interpretation that because it was an accident she was not responsible. To say that you do not want your house smelling like smoke, then lighting a candle (which produces smoke), then setting the couch on fire (more smoke whether intentional or not) makes her a hypocrite. That is all.
The word you're looking for is "Irony", #70, look it up. And please, don't try to bend the definition to your favor, the rest of the definition clearly says what I was trying to say (see "PRETEND"). I'll get more definitions of the word for you. Irony: an outcome of events contrary to what was, or might have been, expected. // incongruity between what is expected to be and what actually is, or a situation or result showing such incongruity // a situation is often said to be ironic if the actions taken have an effect exactly opposite from what was intended. Hypocrite is a person who PRETENDS something he/she is not, to put it in a simple, understandable way. The word hypocrisy comes from the Greek and means "Jealous", "play-acting", "acting out", "coward" or "dissembling". Check the internet if you need to. Hypocrisy: a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess. // a pretense of having some desirable or publicly approved attitude. // the practice of professing standards, beliefs, etc, contrary to one's real character or actual behaviour, esp the pretense of virtue and piety // is the state of pretending to have beliefs, opinions, virtues, ideals, thoughts, feelings, qualities, or standards that one does not actually have. Hypocrisy involves the deception of others and is thus a kind of lie. // a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion. // a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings. Examples: Isn't a politician hypocritical for talking about human dignity while voting against reasonable social programs? // The parent who has a “do what I say and not what I do” attitude can appear hypocritical to a child. I hope it is clear now. Damn, I just looked in Google for this, you should do that too. >>> TL;DR This situation is ironic, not "hypocritical". Get a dictionary and/or Google and learn to understand definitions.
Those damn couches...always getting in the way of falling candles
I'd take a burnt couch over smelling cigarettes in my house any day.