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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.
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1. (Judaism) Judaism of, relating to, or characteristic of the Pharisees or Pharisaism
2. (often not capital) righteously hypocritical
ˌPhariˈsaically adv
ˌPhariˈsaicalness n
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(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.
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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"
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[ˌfærɪˈseɪɪk] Pharisaical [ˌfærɪˈseɪɪkəl] ADJfarisaico
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pharisaic(al) (fig)pharisäerhaft
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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.
Particularly in India, this phenomenon of politicians resorting to religious gimmicks in the most pharisaic way is very manifest.
The movie succeeds in its intent, not when we feel sentimental about the sufferings of Christ, but when, for instance, a greedy politician tells himself after watching the movie: "I am the cause of the suffering of millions of Filipinos because I'm enriching myself at their expense." Or, when a priest says: "There are many people who are losing their faith because of my pharisaic way of life." Or when parents tell themselves: "Many children are wandering in the streets because we fail to make our home a place where they feel they belong." Or when young people say: "The world is like this because I keep blaming others for my failures and mistakes, instead of taking responsibility for my decisions and actions."
Jesus, like the common people among whom he lived and worked, gave less heed to the minutia of the pharisaic restrictions concerning ceremonial cleanness, fasting, and Sabbath observance, but nonetheless he counted himself a true and faithful.
For instance, he reacted against her pharisaic attitude towards the sacrament of Confession and diluted Rose Pemberton's reproach to her by crossing out a line:
(28) In other words, Paul did not want them to become proselytes (29) or converts to Judaism, in contrast to the practice of his Pharisaic contemporaries as evidenced by Philo and Josephus, and also by Matthew 23.15.
First, remember that he loved to mix with tax collectors and sinners, to the dismay of the Pharisaic crowd.
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The author shows that Levinas comes from the Pharisaic and Talmudic Judaism of grandeur, forged in the spiritual horizon of mid-twentieth century Vilnius, a city called the Jerusalem of the North.
As many scholarly and popular commentaries have pointed out over the course of the past twenty-five or so years, the Pharisaic movement had a great deal in common with Jesus' movement, in that both sought the renewal of Israel.