Definition of Pharisee

1. Noun. A self-righteous or sanctimonious person.

Generic synonyms: Disagreeable Person, Unpleasant Person
Derivative terms: Pharisaic, Pharisaical

2. Noun. A member of an ancient Jewish sect noted for strict obedience to Jewish traditions.
Generic synonyms: Hebrew, Israelite, Jew
Specialized synonyms: Flavius Josephus, Joseph Ben Matthias, Josephus

Definition of Pharisee

1. n. One of a sect or party among the Jews, noted for a strict and formal observance of rites and ceremonies and of the traditions of the elders, and whose pretensions to superior sanctity led them to separate themselves from the other Jews.

Definition of Pharisee

1. Noun. A member of a political party, a social movement, and a school of thought among Jews that flourished during the Second Temple Era (536 (B.C.E.)–70 (C.E.)). The movement was ultimately the basis for most contemporary forms of Judaism. ¹

2. Noun. (idiomatic) A person who values the letter of the law over the spirit or intention of the law. ¹

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Definition of Pharisee

1. a hypocritically self-righteous person [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Pharisee

Phallus impudicus
Phallus ravenelii
Phanerozoic aeon
Phanerozoic eon
Pharaoh's chicken
Pharaoh of Egypt
Pharomacrus mocino
Phascolarctos cinereus
Phaseolus aconitifolius
Phaseolus acutifolius latifolius
Phaseolus angularis
Phaseolus aureus
Phaseolus caracalla

Literary usage of Pharisee

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Englishman's Greek Concordance of the New Testament: Being an Attempt at by George V. Wigram (1870)
"I am a pharisee, the son of a pharisee ; 7.dissension between the pharisee* und 8. but the pharisees confess both. 9. of the pharisees' part arose, ..."

2. Cyclopaedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature by John McClintock, James Strong (1883)
"The Tumbling pharisee (OTS ... Mark x, 17-22); C. The pharisee from Fear ... The pharisee from I.»n (П:ПХ~ \1'ПЕ), who obeys the Ix>rd because he ..."

3. Cyclopedia of Painters and Paintings edited by John Denison Champlin, Charles Callahan Perkins (1887)
"Peter and John beside him ; nearly opposite him sits Simon the pharisee, master of the house, and at A palace with lofty halls and colonnades Christ, ..."

4. The Sermons of Mr. Yorick by Laurence Sterne, Wilbur Lucius Cross (1904)
"SERMON VI pharisee AND PUBLICAN IN THE TEMPLE I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other. ..."

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