pharisaical

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj pharisaical excessively or hypocritically pious "a sickening sanctimonious smile"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pharisaical 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."
    • Pharisaical Of or pertaining to the Pharisees; resembling the Pharisees. "The Pharisaic sect among the Jews."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pharisaical Same as pharisaic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Pharisaical pertaining to, or like, the Pharisees: hypocritical
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Etymology

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.

Usage

In literature:

Worse than this, I grew pharisaical.
"Trifles for the Christmas Holidays" by H. S. Armstrong
He was Pharisaically thankful that he was not as that conglomerate group in the Bannister box.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
For Christy was the typical product of conventionality and pharisaism.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
External life became pharisaical.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
I hate that kind of pharisaical bigotry.
"The Simpkins Plot" by George A. Birmingham
Pharisaism had fulfilled its mission for the world when it produced this man.
"History of Dogma, Volume 1 (of 7)" by Adolph Harnack
When we returned to dinner, we found that Brandon had so far recovered as to become very hungry, very proud, and very pharisaically pious.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
Or offer long and pharisaical prayers?
"Gathering Jewels" by James Knowles and Matilda Darroch Knowles
Yet, as we have said, Tuckerman was far from Pharisaism of any sort, either of the aesthete or nature-lover.
"Penguin Persons & Peppermints" by Walter Prichard Eaton
There is at least no superiority in their outlook, no pharisaism.
"Change in the Village" by (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
Hate witnesses only a false love; sin, a pharisaical righteousness.
"The Will to Doubt" by Alfred H. Lloyd
The Apostle Paul wielding the weapon of a singular and keen eloquence cannot overcome the Pharisaism of his countrymen.
"Judges and Ruth" by Robert A. Watson
We take but a one-sided view of Judaism if we judge it by the sour ideas of later Pharisaism.
"Expositor's Bible: Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther" by Walter Adeney
Paul we know to have been bitterly assailed by a Pharisaic party in the Jerusalem church.
"The Christian Faith Under Modern Searchlights" by William Hallock Johnson
They are not men of straw, as some imagine, but types of the culture and thought which led to Pharisaism.
"Expositor's Bible: The Book of Job" by Robert Watson
The tyranny of all over each is as different from freedom as is pharisaism from spiritual living.
"The Behavior of Crowds" by Everett Dean Martin
What a remarkable instance of Pharisaical purity and charity!
"The Trial of Jesus from a Lawyer's Standpoint, Vol. II (of II)" by Walter M. Chandler
Pharisaism, on the contrary, was the double reaction both in religion and nationality.
"The Catholic World. Volume III; Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6." by E. Rameur
All the Pharisaic ordinances which Hyrcanus had abolished were reaffirmed as binding.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 4" by Various
This was a direct attack on the whole Pharisaic position.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 3" by Various
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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