What's the right word for a person who makes a comment towards another person habits, but they have their own habits?

  • Word it be hypercrit – Stacy Marie Couch Jul 4 '19 at 23:13
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    I feel like this could use more details. I also thought of "micromanager" because your example is kind of vague. What kind of habits and comments are these? Could you provide a concrete example? You can edit your post to include more details. – Em. Jul 4 '19 at 23:37
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    This definitely needs an edit: do you mean the same habits (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_7:5), or different ones? – user22427 Jul 5 '19 at 7:17

hypocrite someone who says they have particular moral beliefs but behaves in way that shows these are not sincere. Cambridge Dictionary

The abstract noun is hypocrisy, the adjective is hypocritical.

A few examples:

  • "we dislike hypocrites more than people who are straightforwardly awful" The Guardian
  • "Sure, politicians are notorious for their hypocrisy." The Atlantic
  • "The End of Hypocrisy: American Foreign Policy in the Age of Leaks" (Article title) Foreign Affairs
  • "When Tom finds out that Daisy is having an affair of her own, his reaction is nothing but hypocritical." Essay about The Great Gatsby at Michigan State University.
  • A good answer, but it would be nice to see some examples of how it can be used. – Andrew Jul 5 '19 at 17:48

Hypocrite is probably the word you're thinking of. In this context, it means a person who displays a false appearance of virtue.

For your example, a relevant idiom is "the pot calling the kettle black". It is used when one person is accusing or blaming another, when in truth both people are guilty.

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