Pharisee Definition

fărĭ-sē
noun
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.
Webster's New World
A pharisaic person.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Pharisee

Noun

Singular:
pharisee
Plural:
pharisees

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

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