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[far-uh-sey-iz-uh m] /ˈfær ə seɪˌɪz əm/
the principles and practices of the Pharisees.
(lowercase) rigid observance of external forms of religion or conduct without genuine piety; hypocrisy.
Also, Phariseeism
[far-uh-see-iz-uh m] /ˈfær ə siˌɪz əm/ (Show IPA)
Origin of Pharisaism
From the New Latin word Pharisaismus, dating back to 1595-1605. See Pharisaic, -ism
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Pharisaist, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It has been a terrible blow to the Pharisaism of which I have just spoken.

  • There is at least no superiority in their outlook, no Pharisaism.

    Change in the Village (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
  • I proceed now to the historical survey of the development of Pharisaism.

  • There was no latent or acquired taint of Pharisaism in his nature.

    A Gamble with Life Silas K. Hocking
  • Pharisaism had fulfilled its mission for the world when it produced this man.

  • Pharisaism is simply an Imperialism of the spirit—joyless and domineering.

    The Art of Letters

    Robert Lynd
  • This was the truth which Pharisaism ignored; with what results all the world knows.

    The Teaching of Jesus George Jackson
  • For Christy was the typical product of conventionality and Pharisaism.

    The Loom of Youth Alec Waugh
  • Justification, in Pharisaism as for St. Paul, means the verdict of acquittal.

    Outspoken Essays William Ralph Inge
  • Laugh at Pharisaism as you will, but speak simply and plainly to honest folk.

    Amiel's Journal Henri-Frdric Amiel
British Dictionary definitions for Pharisaism


(Judaism) the tenets and customs of the Pharisees
(often not capital) observance of the external forms of religion without genuine belief; hypocrisy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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