pharisaical :

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  • s  excessively or hypocritically pious

  • Christ himself was scathing about pharisaical display.
  • Not only does 491 fail to affront such contemporary national standards, concluded Moore, but only a "pharisaical" court could declare it void of social significance.
  • In the letter, hot-headed Randolph Churchill denounced the "pharisaical attitude" of "certain French elements in London" (i.
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    We allegedly have 159 million “Christians” in America, according to a 2001 poll by ARIS. This means approximately 159 million people claim the bible to be their “instruction manual” for how to live, and yet, we have virtually every one of these 159 million Christians supporting a pharisaical political and legal system.
    July 25, 2013 - The Pagosa Springs Sun

  • HL Mencken in Boston Globe (registration)
    (In 1919, HL Mencken described "the average American newspaper, even of the so-called better sort" as "ignorant . . . unfair and tyrannical . . . devious, hypocritical, disingenuous, deceitful, pharisaical, pecksniffian, fraudulent, slippery,...

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