Masada[mə sä′də, mä sä dä′]
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ancient Jewish fortress in Israel, near the Dead Sea: site of a prolonged Roman siege ( 72-73) resulting in a mass suicide by the Jews to avoid capture
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
An ancient mountaintop fortress in southeast Israel on the southwest shore of the Dead Sea. In A.D. 73, after a two-year siege, members of the Zealot Jewish movement committed mass suicide rather than surrender to the Romans.