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Pharisaic

[far-uh-sey-ik] /ˌfær əˈseɪ ɪk/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the Pharisees.
2.
(lowercase) practicing or advocating strict observance of external forms and ceremonies of religion or conduct without regard to the spirit; self-righteous; hypocritical.
Also, Pharisaical.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; < Late Latin Pharisaicus < Greek Pharisaikós. See Pharisee, -ic
Related forms
Pharisaically, adverb
Pharisaicaless, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pharisaical

Pharisaic

/ˌfærɪˈseɪɪk/
adjective
1.
(Judaism) of, relating to, or characteristic of the Pharisees or Pharisaism
2.
(often not capital) righteously hypocritical
Derived Forms
Pharisaically, adverb
Pharisaicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for pharisaical

pharisaic

adj.

1610s, from Church Latin pharisaicus, from Greek pharisaikos, from pharisaios (see Pharisee). Related: Pharisaical (1530s).

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