- a member of an ancient Jewish group that carefully observed the written law but also accepted the oral, or traditional, law, believed that religious practices should be followed by everyone including high priests, etc.
- a pharisaic person
Origin of PhariseeMiddle English pharise ; from Old English fariseus and amp; Old French pharisé, both ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin Pharisaeus ; from Ecclesiastical Greek pharasaios ; from Aramaic perishaiya, plural of perish ; from Classical Hebrew (language) parush, origin, originally adjective , separated ; from root prš, cleave, separate
- Pharisee A member of an ancient Jewish sect that emphasized strict interpretation and observance of the Mosaic law in both its oral and written form.
- A hypocritically self-righteous person.
Origin of phariseeMiddle English pharise, from Old English fariseus and from Old French pharise, both from Late Latin pharīsaeus, from Greek pharīsaios, from Aramaic p&schwa;rišayyā, pl. of p&schwa;riš, separate, from p&schwa;raš, to separate; see prš in Semitic roots.