phar·​i·​sa·​ical | \ ˌfer-ə-ˈsā-ə-kəl How to pronounce pharisaical (audio) , ˌfa-rə- \

Definition of pharisaical

: marked by hypocritical censorious self-righteousness

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pharisaically \ ˌfer-​ə-​ˈsā-​ə-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce pharisaical (audio) , ˌfa-​rə-​ \ adverb
pharisaicalness \ ˌfer-​ə-​ˈsā-​ə-​kəl-​nəs How to pronounce pharisaical (audio) , ˌfa-​rə-​ \ noun

Examples of pharisaical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet Marlin makes clear that excommunication was never a real threat but rather one that Cuomo shrewdly used to turn himself into a victim of pharisaical bishops. Vincent J. Cannato, National Review, "Mario Cuomo, Lauded Speech-Giver, and Governor in His Spare Time," 7 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of pharisaical

1527, in the meaning defined above

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“Pharisaical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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