This is a duplicate question but has still not been answered for me. I'm so close to the exact word — I know there is one out there — but the closest word I can find is a hypocrite:

A person who claims to have certain moral principles or beliefs, but behaves in a way that shows they are not sincere.

The word I'm looking for is for: a person who does not claim things, but does things to another that they'd consider wrong or immoral to have done to them.

  • This is just hypocrisy of moral belief as put into action; I don't think there's a word that distinguishes the belief from the act that implements the belief.
    – John Feltz
    Nov 18, 2016 at 16:59
  • Two-faced, perhaps
    – Mick
    Nov 18, 2016 at 17:10
  • The person has a double standard. (And no, that does not mean that the person is being two-faced.)
    – Drew
    Nov 18, 2016 at 18:53

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I will offer a phrase and a single word.

He can dish it out, but he can't take it.

Someone easily criticizes other people but does not like it when other people criticize him or her: He’s mad at me for teasing him – he can dish it out, but he can’t take it!

(Cambridge Dictionary)

Example: Donald Trump can dish it out but he can't take it


The connection between this and your description isn't apparent from the dictionary definition, but this article explains the connection. Here is an excerpt:

When criticized, narcissists show themselves woefully incapable of retaining any emotional poise, or receptivity. And it really doesn't much matter whether the nature of that criticism is constructive or destructive. They just don't seem to be able to take criticism, period. At the same time, these disturbed individuals demonstrate an abnormally developed capacity to criticize others (as in, "dish it out" to them).


These people are called a "Sean" or a "Shanna". Like the "Karen" or "Todd".

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  • This would be a very good answer if this is in fact the case, but right now, we don't have any indication that it is. If you could link a definition, this would be far more useful. May 16 at 17:50

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