Sad·​du·​cee ˈsa-jə-ˌsē How to pronounce Sadducee (audio)
: 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)
Sadduceeism noun

Word History


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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Sadducee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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