asmonean definition

  • adjective:
    • Of or related to the patriotic Jewish family to which the Maccabees belonged; Maccabean.
  • noun:
    • one of several Asmonean family. The Asmoneans had been leaders and rulers associated with Jews from 168 to 35 b. c.
    • one of several group of Asmoneus; a Maccabean.
  • others:
    • with respect to Asmoneus or Asmonæus, a reputed ancestor of Mattathias, initial for the Maccabees and the parent of Judas Maccabæus, who lived about 165 b. c.; for this reason, related to the Maccabees. See Maccabean.

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