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." . Pharisa"ically, Pharisa"icalness.

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

(01 Mar 1998)