[far-uh-sey-iz-uh m]


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

Examples from the Web for phariseeism

Historical Examples of phariseeism

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

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

  • Emancipation not Phariseeism Emancipation is the reverse of Phariseeism.


    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


Phariseeism (ˈfærɪsiːˌɪzəm)


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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