Definitions for sadduceeˈsædʒ əˌsi, ˈsæd yə-
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Sad•du•ceeˈsædʒ əˌsi, ˈsæd yə-(n.)
a member of an ancient Jewish sect, consisting mainly of priests and aristocrats, that differed from the Pharisees esp. in its literal interpretation of the Bible and its rejection of oral laws and traditions.
Origin of Sadducee:
bef. 1000; ME sadducees (pl.), OE saddūcēas < LL saddūcaeī < Gk saddoukaîoi < Heb ṣədhūqī adherent of Zadok
a member of an ancient Jewish sect around the time of Jesus; opposed to the Pharisees
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.
one of a sect among the ancient Jews, who denied the resurrection, a future state, and the existence of angels