Meaning of Pharisaism

Phar•i•sa•ism

Pronunciation: (far'u-sā-iz"um), [key]
— n.
  1. the principles and practices of the Pharisees.
  2. (l.c.) rigid observance of external forms of religion or conduct without genuine piety; hypocrisy.
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