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Assidean

[as-i-dee-uh n]
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noun Judaism.
  1. a member of a sect, characterized by its religious zeal and piety, that flourished in the 2nd century b.c. during the time of the Maccabees and vigorously resisted the Hellenization of Jewish culture and religion.
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Also As·si·dae·an, Hasidean, Hasidaean.

Origin of Assidean

1605–15; < Greek Assidaî(oi) (plural) (< Hebrew hasīdhīm pious ones; cf. Hasid) + -an
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  • These were the Chassidim (Greek, Assidean), meaning the pious.

    A Thousand Years of Jewish History

    Maurice H. (Maurice Henry) Harris