from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A family of Jewish patriots of the second and first centuries B.C., active in the liberation of Judea from Syrian rule.
- n.pl. See Table at Bible.
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- n. Plural form of Maccabee.
- proper n. A book of the Old Testament Apocrypha.
- proper n. A Jewish liberation movement who fought for, and established, independence in the Land of Israel during the second and first centuries BC.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. The name given in later times to the Asmonæans, a family of Jewish patriots, who headed a religious revolt in the reign of Antiochus IV., 168-161 b. c., which led to a period of freedom for Israel.
- n.pl. The name of two ancient historical books, which give accounts of Jewish affairs in or about the time of the Maccabean princes, and which are received as canonical books in the Roman Catholic Church, but are included in the Apocrypha by Protestants. Also applied to three books, two of which are found in some MSS. of the Septuagint.
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