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Meaning of PHARISEE

Pronunciation:  'faree`see, 'faru`see

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a member of an ancient Jewish sect noted for strict obedience to Jewish traditions
  2. [n]  a self-righteous or sanctimonious person

PHARISEE is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 See Also: disagreeable person, Flavius Josephus, Hebrew, Israelite, Jew, Joseph ben Matthias, Josephus, unpleasant person



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Phar"i*see\ (f[a^]r"[i^]*s[=e]), n. [L. Pharisaeus,
Gr. Farisai^os, from Heb. p[=a]rash to separate.]
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.

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