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False praise? He becomes self-righteous sort (8)


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'self-righteous sort' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both people as well as being singular nouns.
Maybe you can see an association between them that I don't see?

'false praise? he' is the wordplay.
'false' indicates anagramming the letters.
'praisehe' anagrammed gives 'PHARISEE'.

'becomes' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for pharisee that I've seen before include "Self-righteous Biblical person" , "Ancient Jewish sectarian" , "Strict follower of Jewish law" , "Strict observer" , "Biblical follower of rules" .)

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