Pharisee meaning

fărĭ-sē
A member of an ancient Jewish sect that emphasized strict interpretation and observance of the Mosaic law in both its oral and written form.
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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.
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A hypocritically self-righteous person.
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A pharisaic person.
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Origin of pharisee

  • Middle English pharise from Old English fariseus and from Old French pharise both from Late Latin pharīsaeus from Greek pharīsaios from Aramaic pərišayyā pl. of pəriš separate from pəraš to separate prš in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition