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Pharisee

  

      n  
1      (Judaism)   a member of an ancient Jewish sect that was opposed to the Sadducees, teaching strict observance of Jewish tradition as interpreted rabbinically and believing in life after death and in the coming of the Messiah  
2    often not cap   a self-righteous or hypocritical person  
     (Old English Fariseus, ultimately from Aramaic perishaiya, pl of perish separated)  
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pharisee

  
  
canter, dissembler, dissimulator, fraud, humbug, hypocrite, phoney or phony     (informal)   pietist, whited sepulchre  

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