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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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Adj.1.pharisaical - excessively or hypocritically pious; "a sickening sanctimonious smile"
pious - having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity; "pious readings"


References in classic literature ?
The causes of superstition are: pleasing and sensual rites and ceremonies; excess of outward and pharisaical holiness; overgreat reverence of traditions, which cannot but load the church; the stratagems of prelates, for their own ambition and lucre; the favoring too much of good intentions, which openeth the gate to conceits and novelties; the taking an aim at divine matters, by human, which cannot but breed mixture of imaginations: and, lastly, barbarous times, especially joined with calamities and disasters.
Of course," he said gloomily, "it is one of those Pharisaical cruelties of which only such heartless men are capable.
Paul when he staggered out of his lifelong Pharisaical certitude about what God wants and how religion works and into the bold light of Christ?
More a Mike Pence than a Donald Trump, Manny Pacquiao seems serious about his claims of hearing the voice of God, and sincere in his convictions, but all this only makes him more predisposed to pharisaical self-righteousness.
It is the America that, swollen with self-satisfaction and pharisaical with a false superiority, has forgotten the eternal voices, while standing in veneration before its pragmatic handiwork.
Massignon writes: 'Contrary to the Pharisaical opinion of many fuqaha', an opinion which has been accepted for the last sixty years by many Arabists, I have had to admit, with Margoliouth, that the Qur'an contains real seeds of mysticism, seeds capable of an autonomous development without being impregnated from any foreign source' (La passion d'Al-Hallaj, martyr mystique de l'Islam [Paris: P.
119) The subservient, passive and inaudible Paul during the time of the trials, complained only once at the Jewish Sanhedrin for his Pharisaical belief and later in the presence of King Agrippa for the chains.
I would rather risk being too kind to outcasts, such as gays and lesbians, than being condemned for being too Pharisaical, too judgmental, for binding burdens too heavy for people to carry (Matt.
One topos for such a riddling response in answer to questions posed by exacting sages is that of Jesus in the New Testament responding to Pharisaical inquisition.
The girl herself shows her pharisaical pride by thanking God that she was not a member of an evangelical sect, like that from which two young men came who were courting the cousins.
For the image of him sitting prelate-like suggests feelings of ecclesiastical self-importance and self-satisfaction which might be said to gesture to the kind of pharisaical conceit which--as we have seen--is such a feature of anti-fraternal writing.