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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [mak-uh-beez]
    • /ˈmæk əˌbiz/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [mak-uh-beez]
    • /ˈmæk əˌbiz/

Definitions of maccabees word

  • noun maccabees (used with a plural verb) the members of the Hasmonean family of Jewish leaders and rulers comprising the sons of Mattathias and their descendants and reigning in Judea from 167? to 37 b.c., especially Judas Maccabaeus and his brothers, who defeated the Syrians under Antiochus IV in 165? and rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem. 1
  • noun maccabees (used with a singular verb) either of two books of the Apocrypha, I Maccabees or II Maccabees, that contain the history of the Maccabees. 1
  • noun maccabees a Jewish family of patriots who freed Judaea from Seleucid oppression (168–142 bc) 0
  • noun maccabees any of four books of Jewish history, including the last two of the Apocrypha 0
  • noun maccabees family of Jewish patriots who, under Judas Maccabaeus, headed a successful revolt against the Syrians (175-164 b.c.) & ruled Palestine until 37 b.c. 0
  • noun maccabees two books of the Old Testament Apocrypha that tell of this revolt 0

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