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 (făr′ĭ-sā′ĭk) also phar·i·sa·i·cal (-sā′ĭ-kəl)
1. Pharisaic also Pharisaical Of, relating to, or characteristic of the Pharisees.
2. Hypocritically self-righteous and condemnatory.

phar′i·sa′i·cal·ly adv.
phar′i·sa′i·cal·ness n.


(ˌfærɪˈseɪɪk) or


1. (Judaism) Judaism of, relating to, or characteristic of the Pharisees or Pharisaism
2. (often not capital) righteously hypocritical
ˌPhariˈsaically adv
ˌPhariˈsaicalness n


(ˌfær əˈseɪ ɪk)

also Phar`i•sa′i•cal,

1. of or pertaining to the Pharisees.
2. (l.c.) practicing or advocating strict observance of external forms and ceremonies of religion or conduct without regard to the spirit; self-righteous; sanctimonious; hypocritical.
[1610–20; < Late Latin Pharīsaicus < Greek Pharīsaikós. See Pharisee, -ic]
Phar`i•sa′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pharisaic - excessively or hypocritically pious; "a sickening sanctimonious smile"
pious - having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity; "pious readings"




[ˌfærɪˈseɪɪk] Pharisaical [ˌfærɪˈseɪɪkəl] ADJfarisaico


pharisaic(al) (fig)pharisäerhaft
References in classic literature ?
Letterblair's view; but put into words by this selfish, well-fed and supremely indifferent old man it suddenly became the Pharisaic voice of a society wholly absorbed in barricading itself against the unpleasant.
HIGGINS [hearing in it the voice of God, rebuking him for his Pharisaic want of charity to the poor girl] A reminder.
The Son of Anak, otherwise Rufus the Blue-Eyed, and also plebeianly known as Tots, rioted with him from brier-rose path to farthest orchard, scalped him in the haymow with barbaric yells, and once, with pharisaic zeal, was near to crucifying him under the attic roof beams.
Alan Segal's Paul the Convert pushes back against the dominant new perspective readers of Paul, arguing that Saul the Pharisee did in fact become an apostate through conversion, albeit a gradual one, and that his "positive statements about Torah and Judaism" are "remnants of the apostle's former Pharisaic self.
Both told us that the behaviour of the Western countries was hypocritical and Pharisaic because they did not condemn Turkey for its 'invasion' of the Cypriot EEZ whereas they wanted to crush President Putin over the Ukraine.
Quick's narrow focus portrayed Jesus as an orthodox Pharisaic rabbi, exhorting us to live rigidly by Torah law.
Unlike Jesus and the lawyer, whose conversation concerning the law places them near the pharisaic camp with its commitment to the twofold law, the written Torah, and the oral tradition, the priest and Levite (who are most likely Sadducees) and the Samaritan share a commitment to the written law alone.
The famous Quaker scholar of mysticism, Rufus Jones, admits that as a young man he, like many religious critics, found Whitman's voice arrogant and rather offensive to his own puritanical and Pharisaic moral formation.
From this perspective, Pasolini's choice of Matthew's Gospel was a deliberate one, as Matthew's Jesus is revolutionary in his underscoring of social diversity and empowering moral thought, as pointed out by Serafino Murri, who states: "the director portrays the exasperated, human religious passion of Jesus, which emerges from the Gospel as a rage without a pause, and an anxiety of redemption for victims of the institutionalized Pharisaic religion" (53).
Jacob Neusner notes this important distinction when he writes, "The primary mark of Pharisaic commitment was the observance of the laws of ritual purity outside of the Temple, where everyone kept them.
She then asks: What was the religious life of women in the Pharisaic community?
5) From the perspective of Talmudic studies, Daniel Boyarin has also reexamined Paul's effort to balance the claims of ethnic particularity and universalism in the context of Pharisaic Judaism.