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 (săn-hĕd′rĭn, -hē′drĭn, sän-)
The highest judicial and ecclesiastical council of the ancient Jewish nation, composed of from 70 to 72 members.

[Hebrew sanhedrîn, from Greek sunedrion, council, from sunedros, sitting in council : sun-, syn- + hedrā, seat; see sed- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Judaism) the supreme judicial, ecclesiastical, and administrative council of the Jews in New Testament times, having 71 members
2. (Judaism) a similar tribunal of 23 members having less important functions and authority
[C16: from Late Hebrew, from Greek sunedrion council, from sun- syn- + hedra seat]
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(sænˈhɛd rɪn, -ˈhi drɪn, sɑn-, ˈsæn ɪ drɪn)

also San•he•drim

(ˈsæn hɪ drɪm, ˈsæn ɪ-)

the supreme legislative council and ecclesiastical and secular tribunal of the ancient Jews, exercising authority until a.d. 70.
[1580–90; < late Hebrew Sanhedhrīn < Greek synédrion=syn- syn- + hédr(a) seat (compare cathedral) + -ion n. suffix]
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Noun1.Sanhedrin - the supreme judicial and ecclesiastical council of ancient Jerusalem
council - a body serving in an administrative capacity; "student council"
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[ˈsænɪdrɪn] nsinedrio
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But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, Raqa, will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, 'You fool,' will be liable to fiery Gehenna.
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