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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.
No wonder, a lay person's remark on social media went viral: 'It is time for Jesus Christ to come with whip in hand to overturn the tables of the pharisaic money doublers.
As Barolini suggests to (the non-violent and vegetarian) Aldo Capitini in a letter dated February 7, 1956, Giuriolo's commitment to nonviolence was neither formal nor pharisaic, to the point that Toni could put into question the abstract absoluteness of the option for non-violence itself:
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.
The 14 papers consider such topics as trajectories of Second Temple separation traditions in Tannaitic literature, a pre-existence tradition and its transformation from Second Temple literature to early Piyyut, remnants of a pharisaic apologetic source in Josephus and in the Babylonian Talmud, the Severus Scroll variant list in light of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Satan's refusal to worship Adam: a Jewish motif and its reception in Syriac Christian tradition, stars of the Messiah, and the reception and reworking of Abraham traditions in Armenian.
First, Tyra's discussion of the development of what became the Pharisaic movement during the time of Christ was well worth the price of the book.