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Related to Machabees: 1 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees


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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.
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