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Date: 800-900
Language: Late Latin
Origin: pharisaeus, from Greek, from Aramaic perishayya 'separated ones'

Pharisee

noun
     
Phar‧i‧see
1

the Pharisees

[plural]RRJ a group of Jews who lived at the time of Christ and who believed in strictly obeying religious laws
2 [countable] someone who pretends to be religious or morally good, but who is not sincere
Pharisaic adjective

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