Meaning of “Pharisee” in the English Dictionary

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"Pharisee" in British English

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Phariseenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfær.ɪ.siː/ us /ˈfer.ɪ.siː/

a member of an ancient group of Jews, written about in the Bible, who believed in obeying religious laws very carefully and separated themselves from the ordinary people

disapproving a person who thinks they are very religious, but who does not care about others

(Definition of “Pharisee” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)