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Meaning of PHARISAISM

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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.

 

 

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