Sadducee

noun
Sad·​du·​cee | \ ˈsa-jə-ˌsē How to pronounce Sadducee (audio) , ˈsa-dyə- \

Definition of Sadducee

: a member of a Jewish party of the intertestamental period consisting of a traditional ruling class of priests and rejecting doctrines not in the Law (such as resurrection, retribution in a future life, and the existence of angels)

Other Words from Sadducee

Sadduceeism \ ˈsa-​jə-​ˌsē-​ˌi-​zəm How to pronounce Sadducee (audio) , ˈsa-​dyə-​ \ noun

First Known Use of Sadducee

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Sadducee

Middle English saducee, from Old English sadduce, from Late Latin sadducaeus, from Greek saddoukaios, from Late Hebrew ṣāddūqi

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Sadducee

Time Traveler for Sadducee

Time Traveler

The first known use of Sadducee was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for Sadducee

Cite this Entry

“Sadducee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Sadducee. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Comments on Sadducee

What made you want to look up Sadducee? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!