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 among the Jews.'' --Cudworth. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence: 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.'' --Bacon. ``Pharisaical ostentation.'' --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] -- {Phar`i*sa"ic*al*ly}, adv. -- {Phar`i*sa"ic*al*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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