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Mac′ca·be′an adj.


1. (Biography) a Jewish family of patriots who freed Judaea from Seleucid oppression (168–142 bc)
2. (Bible) any of four books of Jewish history, including the last two of the Apocrypha


(ˈmæk əˌbiz)

1. (used with a plural v.) a priestly Jewish family who ruled Judea in the 1st and 2nd centuries b.c., esp. Judas Maccabaeus and his brothers, who defeated the Syrians in 165? and rededicated the Temple.
2. (used with a sing. v.) either of two books of the Apocrypha, I Maccabees or II Maccabees, that contain the history of the Maccabees.
References in classic literature ?
The sight of the splintered boat seemed to madden him, as the blood of grapes and mulberries cast before Antiochus's elephants in the book of Maccabees.
They sing the psalms of David, of which, as well as the other parts of the Holy Scriptures, they have a very exact translation in their own language; in which, though accounted canonical, the books of the Maccabees are omitted.
The Maccabees found enough sacred oil to light the temple's menorah for one day.
Suffering in Ancient Worldview: Luke, Seneca and 4 Maccabees in Dialogue
While most know that the story of Hanukkah commemorates the uprising of the Maccabees, the exact facts of the rebellion have often been lost.
THE Maccabees have announced they are splitting up after 14 years together as a band.
MuSic The Maccabees Having completed a sold out European tour, including three shows at O2 Academy Brixton, The Maccabees perform a warm-up show in Liverpool before headlining the Latitude Festival.
I've come to the conclusion that the reason you won't make The Maccabees is the ugliest possible one.
THE MACCABEES It's been far too long but The Maccabees are back in town, bringing their explosive live show to the best venue in the world, the Glasgow Barrowland.
On one hand we all know of the great military victory of the Maccabees, led by Judah, who despite their smaller and lesser equipped army, were able to chase the Syrian-Greeks of Jerusalem and reclaim the Temple.
It was a perfectly enjoyable album, naive as many debuts are, but there was a distinct impression The Maccabees were holding themselves back and not stretching out as they did on follow-up, Wall Of Arms, released in 2009, which delivered on so much of that early promise.