- the principles and practices of the Pharisees.
- (lowercase) rigid observance of external forms of religion or conduct without genuine piety; hypocrisy.
Also Phar·i·see·ism [far-uh-see-iz-uh m] /ˈfær ə siˌɪz əm/.
Origin of Pharisaism
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Related Wordsaffectation, bigotry, cant, casuistry, deceit, deception, dishonesty, display, double-dealing, duplicity, falsity, fraud, imposture, insincerity, irreverence, lie, mockery, phoniness, pietism, quackery
Examples from the Web for pharisaism
It has been a terrible blow to the pharisaism of which I have just spoken.Progress and History
There is at least no superiority in their outlook, no pharisaism.Change in the Village
(AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
I proceed now to the historical survey of the development of Pharisaism.Pharisaism, Its Aim And Its Method
R. Travers Herford
There was no latent or acquired taint of Pharisaism in his nature.A Gamble with Life
Silas K. Hocking
Pharisaism had fulfilled its mission for the world when it produced this man.History of Dogma, Volume 1 (of 7)
- Judaism the tenets and customs of the Pharisees
- (often not capital) observance of the external forms of religion without genuine belief; hypocrisy
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