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They form a pair.  Each feigns, the one in order to reveal, the other to conceal.  Irony desires a clever third party, to admire it; hypocrisy would have all its hearers equally dull.  Irony seeks advantage, if only self-satisfaction, from penetration of a cover; hypocrisy profits from whatever can be accomplished under it, if only self-deception.  Rejecting imposture, irony moves toward the goal of exposure; embracing it, hypocrisy maintains a constant presentation.  Irony attacks hypocrisy with sharp weapons of wit, hypocrisy repels it from a smooth armored surface.  Blaming through praise, irony leads on but intends finally to be seen through, hoping to exasperate and thereby undo; condemning fraudulence, hypocrisy claims the innocence of sincerity, hoping thereby to frustrate.  The ironist says what he or she does not mean; the hypocrite shows what he or she is not.  One employs irony, one is a hypocrite.

(This is a narrow account.  The many forms of irony include, for example, the ironic manner which a narrator may maintain throughout a long work, such as Don Quixote.  Hypocrisy may be more or less steadily conscious, and pass into mere unawareness of one’s condition, a state which Socrates tries to repair.)