Sadducee meaning

săjə-sē, sădyə-
A member of a priestly, aristocratic Jewish sect founded in the second century bc that accepted only the written Mosaic law and that ceased to exist after the destruction of the Temple in ad 70.
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A member of an ancient Jewish party, representing the ruling hierarchy, that accepted only the written law and rejected the oral, or traditional, law.
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Origin of sadducee

  • Middle English Saducee from Old English Sadducēas Sadducees from Late Latin Sadducaeī from Greek Saddoukaioi from Mishnaic Hebrew ṭədûqî after ṭādôq , Zadok, high priest in the time of David and Solomon from ṭādôq just, righteous from ṭādaq to be just ṭdq in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition