Phar`i*sa"ism (?), n. [Cf. F. pharisaisme.]

1.

The notions, doctrines, and conduct of the Pharisees, as a sect.

Sharp.

2.

Rigid observance of external forms of religion, without genuine piety; hypocrisy in religion; a censorious, self-righteous spirit in matters of morals or manners.

"A piece of pharisaism."

Hammond.

 

© Webster 1913.

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