Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as pharisaic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. excessively or hypocritically pious

Etymologies

From Late Latin Pharisaicus +‎ -al. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Stael: "To understand everything means to forgive everything," has never particularly appealed to me; it has the odor of the confessional; to forgive one's fellow being conveys the idea of pharisaical superiority.

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  • Madame de Stael: "To understand everything means to forgive everything," has never particularly appealed to me; it has the odor of the confessional; to forgive one's fellow-being conveys the idea of pharisaical superiority.

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  • a completely newapproach, quite at odds with the usual way man evaluates things: they rule out any kind of pharisaical religiosity, which regards earthly happiness as a blessing from God and a reward for good behavior, and unhappi - ness and misfortune as a form of punishment.

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  • The pharisaical, malefic, and incogitant Guidelines for Bias-Free Writing is a product of the pointy-headed wowsers at the Association of American University Presses who established a Task Force on Bias-Free Language filled with cranks, pokenoses, blowhards, four-flushers, and pettifogs.

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  • Two comments that often reveal a lack of understanding of the liturgy-doctrine connection are these: "all that matters in the Mass is that Our Lord is present in the Eucharist" or "to be concerned about vestments, music, and other externals in the Mass is pharisaical."

    The Sacred Liturgy: The First School of the Faith

  • I suppose this would would make us even greater and more loving than Jesus who never spoke ill of pharisaical hypocrisy, never mentioned hell fire or causing scandal to the least of these, and never suggested that anyone could be lost.

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  • And the Church does not blow its own trumpet, not just for fear of sounding pharisaical, but because it knows it is in many ways quite weak.

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  • But we shall see the pharisaical nature of our attachment to Bengali.

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  • Some demands that priests slam the ciborium shut on politicians who are in public and flagrant opposition to the teachings of the Church sound a bit pharisaical, as if the demanders were pronouncing themselves unlike the rest of men.

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  • So they either avoid the issue by slipping inertially into a complacency they know, deep down, to be false; or they become scrupulous, obsessive and pharisaical, like physicians who either can't see the need to heal themselves or, if they can see the need, can't do the deed because their own dire self-diagnoses spook them out.

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