Pharisaism

[far-uh-sey-iz-uh m]
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noun
  1. the principles and practices of the Pharisees.
  2. (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

From the New Latin word Pharisaismus, dating back to 1595–1605. See Pharisaic, -ism
Related formsPhar·i·sa·ist, adjective
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Pharisaism

Phariseeism (ˈfærɪsiːˌɪzəm)

noun
  1. Judaism the tenets and customs of the Pharisees
  2. (often not capital) observance of the external forms of religion without genuine belief; hypocrisy
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