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Maccabees

Maccabees

noun plural Mac·ca·bees \ˈma-kə-(ˌ)bēz\

Definition of MACCABEES

1
:  a priestly family leading a Jewish revolt begun in 168 b.c. against Hellenism and Syrian rule and reigning over Palestine from 142 b.c. to 63 b.c.
2
singular in construction :  either of two narrative and historical books included in the Roman Catholic canon of the Old Testament and in the Protestant Apocrypha — see bible table
Mac·ca·be·an \ˌma-kə-ˈbē-ən\ adjective

Origin of MACCABEES

Greek Makkabaioi, from plural of Makkabaios, surname of Judas Maccabaeus 2d century b.c. Jewish patriot
First Known Use: 15th century

Maccabees

biographical name Mac·ca·bees \ˈma-kə-ˌbēz\

Definition of MACCABEES

Judas or Judah d 161 b.c. surname Mac*ca*ba*eus \ˌma-kə-ˈbē-əs\ Jewish patriot

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