American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A member of a priestly, aristocratic Jewish sect founded in the second century B.C. that accepted only the written Mosaic law and that ceased to exist after the destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An adherent of a skeptical school of Judaism in the time of Christ, which denied the immortality of the soul, the existence of angels, and the authority of the historical and poetical books of the Old Testament and of the oral tradition on which Pharisaic doctrine was largely founded. It is not easy to define exactly the doctrine of the Sadducees, because it was a negative rather than a positive philosophy, and a speculative rather than a practical system; and for our knowledge of it we are almost wholly dependent on the representations of its opponents. It was the doctrine of the rich, the worldly, and the compliant.
- n. A member of an ancient Jewish sect possibly formed as a political party in the 2nd century BCE and existed until around the 1st century CE.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One of a sect among the ancient Jews, who denied the resurrection, a future state, and the existence of angels.
- n. a member of an ancient Jewish sect around the time of Jesus; opposed to the Pharisees
- Possibly, from Hebrew צדוקי (ts'dokí, "Sadducee"), whence also Zadokites or other variants. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English Saducee, from Old English Sadducēas, Sadducees, from Late Latin Sadducaeī, from Greek Saddoukaioi, from Mishnaic Hebrew ṣədûqî, after ṣādôq, Zadok, high priest in the time of David and Solomon, from ṣādôq, just, righteous, from ṣādaq, to be just; see ṣdq in Semitic roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“It's the reason why the once great Karaite and Sadducee communities are irrelevant or non-existent, respectively.”
“Why, it's like so many of us had fathers named Pharisee, and mothers named Sadducee.”
“Thus Second Temple Pharisees, in their legal dispute with their Sadducee opponents (Jerusalem Talmud [JT]: Bava Batra 8: 1, 16a), zealously upheld this ruling as the final word on the matter.”
“Christ's attack on Temple business practices such as converting foreign exchange was seen as a threat to the Sadducee Priests 'power, thus resulting in their willingness to turn him over to Pilate on the claim of fomenting rebellion against Rome.”
“George W Bush has destroyed the Republican Party, and while he said that he was a Christian, he is obviously the furthest thing from a true Christian (he is more like a Pharisee or Sadducee).”
“He was too much like his father; he was a military man and a Sadducee.”
“Huckabee is the head of the Sadducee and Pharisee wing of the Republican Party.”
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