Definition of Pharisee noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfærɪsiː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfærɪsiː//
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  1. 1a member of an ancient Jewish group who followed religious laws and teaching very strictly
  2. 2(disapproving) a person who is very proud of the fact that they have high religious and moral standards, but who does not care enough about other people synonym hypocrite
  3. Word OriginOld English fariseus, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek Pharisaios, from Aramaic prīšayyā ‘separated ones’ (related to Hebrew pārūš ‘separated’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Pharisee