pharisee

Part of speech: noun

One of an ancient Jewish sect excessively devoted to tradition and ceremonies; a self righteous person.

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Usage examples "pharisee":

  1. I can scarcely imagine Nicodemus walking down the street in Jerusalem, arm in arm with another Pharisee- member of the Sanhedrin and saying to him quietly, but earnestly: " Have you had a talk with this young man Jesus?" - "Quiet Talks on Power", S.D. Gordon.
  2. On the opposite wall is another large refectory composition, 1193, The Supper in the House of Simon the Pharisee. - "The Story of Paris", Thomas Okey.
  3. To be sure, when she came to be aware of what she was thinking, Lucy felt guilty, and called herself a Pharisee, and said a prayer in her heart for the man who had upset all her cherished ideas of her family and home; but, after all, that was an after- thought, and did not alter her instinctive sense of repulsion and indignation. - "The Perpetual Curate", Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant.