Hypocrite

Such a harsh word.

What does that even mean?

HYP*O*CRITE:

(noun)

1. 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

2. A person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, especially one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements.

3. A person who pretends to be what he is not.

So I have a question.

If a person makes a mistake, or even just a perceived mistake (because who can speak to their intentions or mindset behind a particular action)  …Does the existence of fallibility in one’s life immediately make them a hypocrite?

If that is the case… isn’t every single ONE of us a hypocrite, seeing as NONE of us live up to our own standards much less the standards others hold us to?

Therefore isn’t the use of “hypocrite” as a label or an insult, ironically and in its very nature…hypocritical?