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When someone has said something incredibly hypocritical, you might respond, "That's rich." This helps you express how disgusted you are about the hypocrisy.

What's a formal alternative to rich used in this way?

Example of how I would like to use the word:

It is __________ (adj) [or, it is the height of _________ (noun)] for the school to claim that such-and-so change to the student's 504 plan was made based on the parents' input. In fact, the parents had strenuously objected to the change for the following reasons: ....

But hypocrisy isn't strong enough.

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    Hypocrites is what the Scribes and the Pharisees were. I can't think of anything much stronger than that! – WS2 Nov 12 '16 at 13:51
  • 'Precious', or the stronger 'priceless', are sometimes used. – Edwin Ashworth Nov 12 '16 at 14:15
  • @EdwinAshworth - With priceless, it isn't clear enough that I'm making a strong criticism, but I looked it up in the idioms dictionary that J O S H pointed me to, and found hilarious. Hmm. Probably not formal enough. – aparente001 Nov 12 '16 at 15:40
  • @WS2 - But saying "that's a hilarious statement" feels stronger to me than "that statement is the height of hypocrisy." I want to show the feeling of bitter disgust. – aparente001 Nov 12 '16 at 15:42
  • 'That's ludicrous' is stronger still, but is not anti-hypocrisy specific. – Edwin Ashworth Nov 12 '16 at 17:10
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I think maybe I got it:

It is a cruel joke for the school to claim etc.

  • Best idea so far, in my view. I don't see how things like precious priceless and hilarious etc fit the bill at all. They are just mild sarcasm - nowhere as strong as hypocrisy. – WS2 Nov 12 '16 at 17:34
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"Disingenuous" is what you're looking for, I think.

M-W:

not truly honest or sincere : giving the false appearance of being honest or sincere

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How about absurd beyond belief?

M-W:

absurd: ridiculously unreasonable, unsound, or incongruous

Your example:

It is absurd beyond belief for the school to claim that such-and-so change to the student's 504 plan was made based on the parents' input. In fact, the parents had strenuously objected to the change for the following reasons: ...

  • This is promising. – aparente001 Nov 12 '16 at 15:52
  • But not necessarily anti-hypocrisy the way 'rich' is. – Edwin Ashworth Nov 12 '16 at 17:11
  • The example is not so much about hypocrisy as it is about the school claiming something that is ridiculously intrue. Where's the hypocrisy? Hypocrisy and falsehood / disingenuousness are two different things. You're off base. – Richard Kayser Nov 12 '16 at 17:44
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i'm not sure if you're still looking for answers but i mainly am basing my input off of related words and I think what you're offended by is the amount of entitlement so I looked up some synonyms and there is impudence. Condescension. the term "adding insult to injury" comes to mind. indignity. blind arrogance. i'm sorry if you don't like any of these I just thought I'd throw some suggestions out there.

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