pharisees and scribes are reduced stock villains with caricatured Jewish features.
This latter group shortly came to be known as the pharisees.
The Hasmonean monarchs who got themselves disliked by the pharisees must therefore be villains.
That family soon fell afoul of the leading religious authorities of their day, the people known to history as the pharisees.
Thus, the doctrine which He has been preaching to the pharisees is brought out in all its power.
Hearing this, some of the pharisees who were with him said, "And are we blind?"
The pharisees do more to obey God than any others and this young man looked to me as though he tried even harder than most.
The pharisees counted their presence a blemish in the reputation of the teacher.
Bunyan does not accuse the rising hope of the pharisees of school or of synagogue ignorance.
The pharisees had need to keep alliance with the temporal powers.
from Old English Fariseos, Old French pharise (13c.), and directly from Late Latin Pharisæus, from Greek Pharisaios, from Aramaic perishayya, emphatic plural of perish "separated, separatist," corresponding to Hebrew parush, from parash "he separated." Ancient Jewish sect (2c. B.C.E.-1c. C.E.) distinguished by strict observance but regarded as pretentious and self-righteous, at least by Jesus (Matt. xxiii:27). Meaning "self-righteous person, formalist, hypocrite" is attested from 1580s.
A group of teachers among the Jews at the time of Jesus; he frequently rebukes them in the Gospels for their hypocrisy. Jesus says they are like “the blind leading the blind,” or like “whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.”