[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 pharisaical
We forgive his insight, because there is nothing in it Pharisaical.A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume II
Mrs. Humphry Ward
There was a smirk of pharisaical satisfaction on their faces.My New Curate
But he was too honest not to detect almost at once his own Pharisaical, un-Christlike spirit.We Two
"Obvious from your pharisaical expression, perhaps," he said good-naturedly.
What shall be done to remove their noble and pharisaical indolence?Mysterious Psychic Forces
- Judaism of, relating to, or characteristic of the Pharisees or Pharisaism
- (often not capital) righteously hypocritical
Word Origin and History for pharisaical
1610s, from Church Latin pharisaicus, from Greek pharisaikos, from pharisaios (see Pharisee). Related: Pharisaical (1530s).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper