or Phar·i·sa·i·cal

[ far-uh-sey-ik or far-uh-sey-i-kuh l ]
/ ˌfær əˈseɪ ɪk or ˌfær əˈseɪ ɪ kəl /


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

1610–20; < Late Latin Pharisaicus < Greek Pharisaikós. See Pharisee, -ic
Related formsPhar·i·sa·i·cal·ly, adverbPhar·i·sa·i·cal·ess, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pharisaical



/ (ˌfærɪˈseɪɪk) /


Judaism of, relating to, or characteristic of the Pharisees or Pharisaism
(often not capital) righteously hypocritical

Derived FormsPharisaically, adverbPharisaicalness, noun
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