[mak-uh-bee-uh n]


of or relating to the Maccabees or Judas Maccabaeus.

Origin of Maccabean

First recorded in 1815–25; Maccabe(es) + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of maccabean

  • Even the Judeans at the time of the Maccabean revolt could not be immune.

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    Christmas For Love, Chanukah For Awe

    Bernard Avishai

    December 7, 2012

  • Until the Maccabean revolt, he explained, most Jews were content to sleep peacefully in family caves after death.

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    How Jews Invented Heaven

    Lisa Miller

    March 28, 2010

Historical Examples of maccabean

British Dictionary definitions for maccabean



of or relating to the Maccabees or to Judas Maccabaeus, the Jewish leader of a revolt (166–161 bc) against Seleucid oppression
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