noun Etymology: New Latin pharisaismus, from Greek pharisaios Date: 1583 1. capitalized the doctrines or practices of the Pharisees 2. often capitalized pharisaical character, spirit, or attitude ; hypocrisy

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  • Pharisaism — Phar i*sa ism, n. [Cf. F. pharisaisme.] 1. The notions, doctrines, and conduct of the Pharisees, as a sect. Sharp. [1913 Webster] 2. Rigid observance of external forms of religion, without genuine piety; hypocrisy in religion; a censorious, self… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pharisaism — index hypocrisy Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Pharisaism — *hypocrisy, sanctimony, cant …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Pharisaism — [far′ə sā΄iz΄əm] n. [ModL Pharisaïsmus < Gr(Ec) pharisaios: see PHARISEE] 1. the beliefs and practices of the Pharisees 2. [p ] pharisaic behavior, character, principles, etc …   English World dictionary

  • pharisaism — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌsāˌizəm noun ( s) Etymology: New Latin pharisaismus, from Greek pharisaios Pharisee + Latin ismus ism 1. usually capitalized : the doctrines or practices of the Pharisees the path of withdrawal, separation, and dedication, which is the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pharisaism — Pharisaist, adj. /far euh say iz euhm/, n. 1. the principles and practices of the Pharisees. 2. (l.c.) rigid observance of external forms of religion or conduct without genuine piety; hypocrisy. Also, Phariseeism /far euh see iz euhm/. [1595… …   Universalium

  • pharisaism — noun The doctrines and practices, or the character and spirit, of the Pharisees …   Wiktionary

  • Pharisaism — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A show or expression of feelings or beliefs one does not actually hold or possess: hypocrisy, phoniness, sanctimoniousness, sanctimony, tar tuff ery, two facedness. See HONEST …   English dictionary for students

  • pharisaism — phar·i·sa·ism || færɪseɪɪzm n. practice of emphasizing strict religious observance over sincere belief; hypocrisy …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pharisaism — n. Hypocrisy, formalism, sanctimoniousness, cant, pietism, phariseeism, assumed piety, false piety …   New dictionary of synonyms

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