• WordNet 3.6
    • adj pharisaic excessively or hypocritically pious "a sickening sanctimonious smile"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pharisaic Addicted to external forms and ceremonies; making a show of religion without the spirit of it; ceremonial; formal; hypocritical; self-righteous. "Excess of outward and pharisaical holiness.""Pharisaical ostentation."
    • Pharisaic Of or pertaining to the Pharisees; resembling the Pharisees. "The Pharisaic sect among the Jews."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pharisaic Of or pertaining to the Pharisees; addicted, like the Pharisees, to observance of the external forms and ceremonies of religion without regard to its spirit or essence; hence, formal; hypocritical.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Pharisaic pertaining to, or like, the Pharisees: hypocritical
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Pharisaicus, Gr. Farisai:ko`s: cf. F. pharisaïque,. See Pharisee
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Late L. pharisæus—Gr. pharisaios—Heb. pārūsh, separated from, parash, to separate.


In literature:

Many who have put off pharisaical clothing are worse in other matters than they were before.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
It is not Christianity, but Pharisaism, which would shut up the kingdom of heaven against all but itself.
"The Well in the Desert" by Emily Sarah Holt
Yet there was nothing Pharisaic about his speech or bearing.
"The Bishop's Secret" by Fergus Hume
Why should this pharisaical little bird make one feel a criminal?
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 30, June 1893" by Various
What is prudish, puritanical, fastidious, affected, pharisaical, etc.?
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
"The Arena" by Various
She was accusing herself of pride, and Pharisaism, and hypocrisy, in no measured terms.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
The leaders of the Opposition carried it before them, with ostentation and loud pharisaical rant, in the late political battle.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 86, December, 1864" by Various
As Lord Brougham says, we have no right to give ourselves pharisaical airs.
"A Critic in Pall Mall" by Oscar Wilde
Pharisaic taste Is no safe guide to Charity's true rule.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, April 12, 1890" by Various

In poetry:

"Be off!" said irritated BOB.
"Why come you here to bother one?
You pharisaical old snob,
You're wuss almost than t'other one!
"Bob Polter" by William Schwenck Gilbert
For Slavery's Pharisaic hand
Had closed the book of life and light,
And all the churches of our land
Had bowed submissive to his might.
"Tribute To Rev. William Paul Quinn" by James Madison Bell