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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
Related forms
Pharisaist, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for phariseeism
Historical Examples
  • We note thirdly the effect in destroying the roots of phariseeism.

  • He believed in humanity, and he was incapable of phariseeism.

  • Emancipation not phariseeism Emancipation is the reverse of phariseeism.

    Menticulture Horace Fletcher
  • This road of comparison leads to phariseeism unless we watch carefully against a despicable by-path.

    The Bible and Life Edwin Holt Hughes
  • The phariseeism in which he was born and bred, and which he could no more outlive than he could outlive his body asserted itself.

  • But it is upon the political platform that the gibes and sneers at phariseeism are intended to be most stinging.

    From the Easy Chair, series 2 George William Curtis
  • But the very spirit of charity is at war not only with injustice, but with arrogance, and with phariseeism of all kinds.

  • Nor were its publicity and its phariseeism the only elements in the alien religion that offended the red man.

    The Soul of the Indian [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman
  • To the poor woman who is struggling for daily bread, each day sadder than the last, phariseeism says, "bear thy burdens meekly."

    Bohemian Society Lydia Leavitt
  • We occupied them readily; at the expense of being accused of phariseeism we may say, in a whisper, that we desired them.

British Dictionary definitions for phariseeism


(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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