- a member of a Palestinian sect, consisting mainly of priests and aristocrats, that flourished from the 1st century b.c. to the 1st century a.d. and differed from the Pharisees chiefly in its literal interpretation of the Bible, rejection of oral laws and traditions, and denial of an afterlife and the coming of the Messiah.
Origin of Sadducee
Examples from the Web for sadducee
He had it republished, declaring that "he must be an obstinate Sadducee who doubted it."The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
I know but few less credulous than the relator, but he is no Sadducee.Welsh Folk-Lore
How was it possible for a sadducee, who believed in no resurrection, to see a miracle?Rejected of Men
The explanation lies, I think, in the fact that Caiaphas was a Sadducee.The Gospel of St. John
Frederick Denison Maurice
I will hope, though something of a Sadducee, that there is an angel in their hearts.A Novelist on Novels
W. L. George
- Judaism a member of an ancient Jewish sect that was opposed to the Pharisees, denying the resurrection of the dead, the existence of angels, and the validity of oral tradition
Word Origin and History for sadducee
Old English, from Late Latin Sadducaei (plural), from Greek Zaddoukaios, an inexact transliteration of Hebrew tzedoqi, from personal name Tzadhoq "Zadok" (2 Sam. viii:17), the high priest from whom the priesthood of the captivity claimed descent. According to Josephus, the sect denied the resurrection of the dead and the existence of angels and spirits; but later historians regard them as more the political party of the priestly class than a sect per se. Related: Sadducean.