Variant of Pharisee
- a member of an ancient Jewish group that carefully observed the written law but also accepted the oral, or traditional, law, advocated democratization of religious practices, etc.
- a pharisaic person
Origin: Middle 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
- Phariseeism noun