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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The doctrines and practices of the Pharisees.
  • n. Hypocritical observance of the letter of religious or moral law without regard for the spirit; sanctimoniousness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The doctrines and practices, or the character and spirit, of the Pharisees
  • n. Rigid observance of external forms of religion, without genuine piety; hypocrisy in religion; a censorious, self-righteous spirit in matters of morals or manners.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The notions, doctrines, and conduct of the Pharisees, as a sect.
  • n. Rigid observance of external forms of religion, without genuine piety; hypocrisy in religion; a censorious, self-righteous spirit in matters of morals or manners.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Pharisaic doctrine and practice; zeal for the ‘traditions of the elders,” and the exact observance of the ritual laws; hence, rigid observance of external rites and forms of religion without genuine piety; hypocrisy in religion.


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  • As the Holy Father has stated and witnesses to us, the external forms of the liturgy are not inconsequent or mere pharisaism rather they are of great importance for the experiential in teaching and passing on the Faith.

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  • It has nothing to do with pharisaism and much to do with the pseudo dogma of collegiality.

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  • Tortured readings of plain words, resort to theories of signification and implication worthy of Leo Strauss, hints of pharisaism, and more than hints of triumphalism—all these are to be found in comments by Jordanes and Mr. DeLano.


  • It is interesting that in the midst of dealing with pharisaism Jesus would solidly address

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  • Hardly shall we find a person merely under the power of the law, who does not evidence an indulgence unto some sin, and a neglect of some duties: but such a thing there may be; it was in Paul, in his pharisaism, — he was, “touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless,” Phil. iii.

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  • The voiceless anxiety of youth, the abysses of evil and the perpetual menace of their presence, the deceitful temptations of the flesh, the ascendancy of avarice in the life of material goods, the havoc of self-satisfaction and pharisaism - these are the motifs that constantly reappear under Mauriac's pen.

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  • It is not cant, it is not pharisaism, it is not a weak claim of Christianity, but it is common honesty, mighty truth, a cardinal and beautiful teaching of Jesus Christ to deny one's self for the welfare of the weaker brother.

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  • But pharisaism diagnosed the disease of the age differently, and insisted that the observance of the Law was the best prophylactic against disease.

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