(3 syl.). Prince of hypocrites. Tiberius Caesar was so called, because he affected a great regard for decency, but indulged in the most detestable lust and cruelty (B.C. 42, 14 to A.D. 37). Abdallah Ibn Obba and his partisans were called The Hypocrites by Mahomet, because they feigned to be friends, but were in reality disguised foes.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894