[far-uh-sey-ik or far-uh-sey-i-kuh l]
- of or relating to the Pharisees.
- (lowercase) practicing or advocating strict observance of external forms and ceremonies of religion or conduct without regard to the spirit; self-righteous; hypocritical.
Origin of Pharisaic
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Examples from the Web for pharisaic
Yet there was nothing Pharisaic about his speech or bearing.The Bishop's Secret
The answer struck at the principle of the Pharisaic character.The Gospel of St. John
Frederick Denison Maurice
Of course there could not be, in the nature of things, a Pharisaic Christology.Pharisaism, Its Aim And Its Method
R. Travers Herford
For the radicalism of the time was exclusively, we may say, pharisaic.The Cradle of the Christ
Octavius Brooks Frothingham
The moral rules of the Pharisaic Rabbis should also be included.History of Dogma, Volume 1 (of 7)
- Judaism of, relating to, or characteristic of the Pharisees or Pharisaism
- (often not capital) righteously hypocritical
Word Origin and History for pharisaic
1610s, from Church Latin pharisaicus, from Greek pharisaikos, from pharisaios (see Pharisee). Related: Pharisaical (1530s).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper