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Oct 20, 2010
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pharisaical
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simony

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pharisaical, also pharisaic

PRONUNCIATION:
(far-uh-SAY-uh-kuhl)

MEANING:
adjective: Characterized by hypocritical self-righteousness; putting emphasis on strict observance of rituals unrelated to the spirit or meaning of the ceremony.

ETYMOLOGY:
After the Pharisees, a Jewish sect during 1st century BCE - 1st century CE, whose members were noted for strict observance of rites and rituals. The word is derived via Latin and Greek from Aramaic prishayya, plural of prish (separated).

USAGE:
"Then we have the pettiness and hypocrisy in the loud and pharisaical condemnation emanating from the media and the public."
Garth George; No Credit to be Found in Card Debacle; The Daily Post (Rotorua, New Zealand); Jun 18, 2010.

See more usage examples of pharisaical in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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