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Pharisaical Synonym & Definition – 601 Words

Pharisaical synonym and definition in real context from the book, 601 Words You Need to Know to Pass Your Exam. Improve your reading and listening comprehension in authentic context with the word, pharisaical.

/ˌfer-ə-ˈsā-ə-kəl/ (adj)

Pharisaical synonym

self-righteous, sanctimonious, hypocritical, pharisaic

associated with or related to the Pharisees


There’s nothing sacred about a sanctimonious and pharisaical person at least not any more. But in the early 1600s, the English adjective was still sometimes used to describe someone truly holy or pious (a sense that recalls the meaning of the word’s Latin parent, sanctimonia). Shakespeare used both the “holy” and “holier-than-thou” senses in his work, referring in The Tempest to the “sanctimonious” (that is, “holy”) ceremonies of marriage.

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Parts of speech

Noun: pharisaism

Noun: Pharisees

Noun: Phariseeism

Noun: pharisaicalness

Adjective: pharisaic

Adverb: pharisaically

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