Pharisaic is pertaining to the Pharisees, a school of ancient Jews noted for their strict and formal observance of both written law and traditional rites. Hence, it means tending to observe external forms without regard for the essence of inner spiritual feeling. Thus, it is a connotation of overly formal, hypocritical self-righteousness.
- Percy L. Greaves, Jr. "Mises Made Easier ", 1974. Referenced 2014-08-20.