(n.) One of a sect or party among the Jews, noted for a strict and formal observance of rites and ceremonies and of the traditions of the elders, and whose pretensions to superior sanctity led them to separate themselves from the other Jews.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Pharisee'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/p/pharisee.html. 1828.