[ far-uh-sey-iz-uh m ]
/ ˈfær ə seɪˌɪz əm /


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

From the New Latin word Pharisaismus, dating back to 1595–1605. See Pharisaic, -ism

Related forms

Phar·i·sa·ist, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pharisaism


Phariseeism (ˈfærɪsiːˌɪzəm)

/ (ˈfærɪseɪˌɪzəm) /


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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