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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.
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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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Examples from the Web for phariseeism

Historical Examples

  • We note thirdly the effect in destroying the roots of Phariseeism.

    Reconstruction in Philosophy

    John Dewey

  • He believed in humanity, and he was incapable of Phariseeism.

  • Emancipation not Phariseeism Emancipation is the reverse of Phariseeism.

    Menticulture

    Horace Fletcher

  • This road of comparison leads to phariseeism unless we watch carefully against a despicable by-path.

    The Bible and Life

    Edwin Holt Hughes

  • The Phariseeism in which he was born and bred, and which he could no more outlive than he could outlive his body asserted itself.


British Dictionary definitions for phariseeism

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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