pharisaic

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Pharisee +‎ -ic

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  • IPA(key): /ˌfæ.ɹɪ.seɪ̯.jɪk/

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pharisaic (comparative more pharisaic, superlative most pharisaic)

  1. Of or pertaining to the Pharisees.
  2. (chiefly Christianity) Emphasizing the observance of ritual or practice over the meaning.
    • 1913, George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion (Act I, Scene 1)
      The church clock strikes the second quarter.
      HIGGINS [Hearing in it the voice of God, rebuking him for his Pharisaic want of charity for the poor girl]
  3. Self-righteous.

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