- of the Pharisees
Origin of Pharisaicfrom the notion promulgated in the N.T. that Pharisees were generally so characterized[usuallyp-] emphasizing or observing the letter but not the spirit of religious law; self-righteous; sanctimonious
- [usuallyp-] pretending to be highly moral or virtuous without actually being so; hypocriticalalso phar·i·sa′i·cal
Origin of PharisaicEcclesiastical Late Latin Pharisaicus from Ecclesiastical Greek pharisaïkos from pharisaios: see Pharisee
- Pharisaic also Pharisaical Of, relating to, or characteristic of the Pharisees.
- Hypocritically self-righteous and condemnatory.
(comparative more pharisaic, superlative most pharisaic)
Pharisee +"Ž -ic