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1. Of or pertaining to the Pharisees; resembling the Pharisees. The Pharisaic sect among the jews.

2. Hence: Addicted to external forms and ceremonies; making a show of religion without the spirit of it; ceremonial; formal; hypocritical; self-righteous. Excess of outward and pharisaical holiness. . Pharisaical ostentation. . Pharisaically, Pharisaicalness.

Origin: L. Pharisaicus, Gr., cf. F. Pharisaique. See Pharisee.