Part of speech: adjective

Of or pertaining to a family of Jewish patriots of the 2d century B. C. who successfully defended their nation and religion against the Syrians. Maccabean.

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Usage examples "maccabean":

  1. Out of the heat and conflict of the Maccabean struggle the parties of the Pharisees and Sadducees sprang into existence and won their commanding place in the life of Judaism. - "The Makers and Teachers of Judaism", Charles Foster Kent.
  2. Those in the first three books existed at the time when the latter were made up; those in the last two were prefixed partly at the time when the collections themselves were made, and partly in the Maccabean age. - "The Canon of the Bible", Samuel Davidson.
  3. The Maccabean princes were also called Asmoneans. - "Studies in Old Testament History", Jesse L. Hurlbut.