Pharisee NOUN 1) a member of an ancient Jewish sect noted for their strict observance of the traditional and written law. 2) a self-righteous or hypocritical person.
DERIVATIVES Pharisaic adjective Pharisaical adjective.
ORIGIN Greek Pharisaios, from an Aramaic word meaning 'separated ones' .

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  • Pharisaic — Phar i*sa ic (f[a^]r [i^]*s[=a] [i^]k), Pharisaical Phar i*sa ic*al ( [i^]*kal), a. [L. Pharisaicus, Gr. Farisai:ko s: cf. F. pharisa[ i]que. See {Pharisee}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the Pharisees; resembling the Pharisees. The Pharisaic sect… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pharisaic — 1610s, from Church L. pharisaicus, from Gk. pharisaikos, from pharisaios (see PHARISEE (Cf. Pharisee)). Related: Pharisaical …   Etymology dictionary

  • Pharisaic — [far΄ə sā′ik] adj. [LL(Ec) Pharisaicus < Gr(Ec) pharisaïkos < pharisaios: see PHARISEE] 1. of the Pharisees 2. [from the notion promulgated in the N.T. that Pharisees were generally so characterized] [p ] emphasizing or observing the letter …   English World dictionary

  • pharisaic — adjective /ˌfæ.ɹɪ.seɪ̯.jɪk/ a) Of or pertaining to the Pharisees. The church clock strikes the second quarter. b) Pharisaical; of a person or practice that emphasizes the observance of ritual or practice over the meaning. HIGGINS [Hearing in it… …   Wiktionary

  • pharisaic — adjective Etymology: Late Latin pharisaicus, from Late Greek pharisaikos, from Greek pharisaios Pharisee Date: circa 1618 1. pharisaical 2. capitalized of or relating to the Pharisees …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Pharisaic — Pharisaically, adv. Pharisaicaless, n. /far euh say ik/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to the Pharisees. 2. (l.c.) practicing or advocating strict observance of external forms and ceremonies of religion or conduct without regard to the spirit; self… …   Universalium

  • pharisaic — Synonyms and related words: Pecksniffian, Tartuffian, Tartuffish, affected, canting, FALSE, goody, goody goody, holier than thou, hypocritic, hypocritical, insincere, mealymouthed, oily, pecksniffian, pharisaical, pharisean, pietistic, pious,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • pharisaic — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. sanctimonious, insincere, deceiving, holier than thou; see hypocritical …   English dictionary for students

  • Pharisaic — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Of or practicing hypocrisy: hypocritical, Peck sniffian, pharisaical, phony, sanctimonious, two faced. See HONEST …   English dictionary for students

  • pharisaic — phar·i·sa·ic || ‚færɪ seɪɪk(l) adj. emphasizing religious observance over sincere belief; hypocritical …   English contemporary dictionary

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