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Pharisee (ˈfærɪˌsiː Pronunciation for Pharisee

Definitions

noun

  1. (Judaism) a member of an ancient Jewish sect that was opposed to the Sadducees, teaching strict observance of Jewish tradition as interpreted rabbinically and believing in life after death and in the coming of the Messiah
  2. (often not capital) a self-righteous or hypocritical person

Word Origin

Old English Farīsēus, ultimately from Aramaic perīshāiyā, pl of perīsh separated

Synonyms

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= hypocrite, fraud, canter, humbug, dissembler, pietist, whited sepulchre, dissimulator, phoney or phony

Example Sentences Including 'Pharisee'

Do you, like the Pharisee , spend most of your prayer time petitioning God about yourself?
Tada, Joni Eareckson Diamonds in the Dust
However, it is possible Joseph was a Pharisee , an affluent Jew from the professional/ merchant class.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
Seeing, she wished she'd taken his advice before she'd locked eyes with him, and all hope of playing the Pharisee was denied her.
Clive Barker THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW (2001)
We do not trust the Pharisee , in spite of his virtues, because he thinks his hands are clean.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)

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