or Phar·i·sa·i·cal

[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

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




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

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Word Origin and History for pharisaical



1610s, from Church Latin pharisaicus, from Greek pharisaikos, from pharisaios (see Pharisee). Related: Pharisaical (1530s).

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