What does pharisee mean?

Definitions for phariseeˈfær əˌsi

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pharisee(noun)

    a self-righteous or sanctimonious person

  2. Pharisee(noun)

    a member of an ancient Jewish sect noted for strict obedience to Jewish traditions


  1. Pharisee(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 u201370 ). The movement was ultimately the basis for most contemporary forms of Judaism.

  2. Pharisee(Noun)

    A person who values the letter of the law over the spirit or intention of the law.

  3. Origin: From פרושים (prushim) from פרוש (parush), meaning a "detached" one, a separatist, or one who is separated for a life of purity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pharisee(noun)

    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

  2. Origin: [L. Pharisaeus, Gr. Farisai^os, from Heb. prash to separate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pharisee

    far′i-sē, n. one of a religious school among the Jews, marked by their strict observance of the law and of religious ordinances: any one more careful of the outward forms than of the spirit of religion, a formalist.—adjs. Pharisā′ic, -al, pertaining to, or like, the Pharisees: hypocritical.—adv. Pharisā′ically.—ns. Pharisā′icalness; Phar′isāism, Phar′iseeism, the practice and opinions of the Pharisees: strict observance of outward forms in religion without the spirit of it: hypocrisy. [Late L. pharisæus—Gr. pharisaios—Heb. pārūsh, separated from, parash, to separate.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. pharisee

    A man with more religion than he knows what to do with.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pharisee in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pharisee in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Charlotte Brontë:

    Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last. To pluck the mask from the face of the Pharisee is not to lift an impious hand to the Crown of Thorns.

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