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 (făr′ĭ-sā-ĭz′əm) also phar·i·see·ism (-sē-ĭz′əm)
1. Pharisaism also Phariseeism The doctrines and practices of the Pharisees.
2. Hypocritical observance of the letter of religious or moral law without regard for the spirit; sanctimoniousness.
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(ˈfærɪseɪˌɪzəm) or


1. (Judaism) Judaism the tenets and customs of the Pharisees
2. (often not capital) observance of the external forms of religion without genuine belief; hypocrisy
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(ˈfær ə seɪˌɪz əm)

also Phar•i•see•ism

(-siˌɪz əm)

1. the principles and practices of the Pharisees.
2. (l.c.) pharisaic character, behavior, or practice; sanctimoniousness.
Phar′i•sa•ist, adj.
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Phariseeism, Pharisaism

1. the beliefs and practices of an ancient Jewish sect, especially strictness of religious observance, close adherence to oral laws and traditions, and belief in an afterlife and a coming Messiah. Cf. Sadducecism.
2. (l.c.) the behavior of a sanctimonious and self-righteous person. — Pharisee, pharisee n. — Pharisaic, pharisaic, adj.
See also: Judaism
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A show or expression of feelings or beliefs one does not actually hold or possess:
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In all the new-fangled comprehensive plans which I see, this is all left out; and the consequence is, that your great mechanics' institutes end in intellectual priggism, and your Christian young men's societies in religious Pharisaism.
For instance, we are guilty of pharisaism when we look down on "public" sinners ("mababang uri") or talk about the faults of others, or about broken marriages of relatives and neighbors.
He mainly disapproved of the Catholic pharisaism and dogmatic rigidity depicted by Greene through Helen Browne's interventions.
Topics of the selections include free grace from The First Part of an Equal Check to Pharisaism and Antinomianism (1774), unbelief from A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians (1797), heart religion from Practical Piety (1811), spiritual authority from A Treatise on the Nation and Constitution of the Christian Church (1773), and Irish Catholicism from The Christian Duty of Granting the Claims of the Roman Catholics (1827).
the traditional figure of the Jew is often and conventionally situated on the side of the body and the letter (from bodily circumcision or Pharisaism, from ritual compliance to literal exteriority), whereas St.
This will come not with the continuation of the reputed pillars and those who side with triumphant Jewish Pharisaism. The winner continuators of the story: the Lukan Pauline Christianity and Rabbinical Judaism, as two siblings, will fight for the supremacy of authority and power.
He also believed that many of the contemporary spokesmen for monarchical "legitimism," aristocracy, and Catholicism were tainted by hypocrisy and Pharisaism. As the great Franco-American historian Jacques Barzun once pointed out, spokesmen for aristocratic noblesse oblige after 1815 seem to have forgotten how little practiced it was before 1789.
In Was ist der Mensch?, this episode is given an interpretation whose full context will be obscure to readers, since it reflects a running dispute between him and Karl Barth, in which Peterson was trying to turn Barth's own critique of "Pharisaism" in the church against him.
What is particularly interesting is how Beck puts a new spin on an old argument against congregational "Pharisaism" by drawing attention to the psychological processes underlying our rationalization of exclusion instead of merely making appeals to try harder to include those who disgust us.
But whereas in the Greek world this notion often served to negate the written law, Pharisaism used the oral law to "make a fence for the Torah." (66) Some scholars assert that the Pharisees unilaterally created a "chain of tradition" stretching back to Moses, through which the rabbis traced the lineage of their authority.
He founded a virtual academy of Pharisaism to train his followers to say only: "Tell me my duties, and I will do them." Maciel was shielded by the second most powerful Catholic, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz.