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Maccabees

Definition of Maccabees:

part of speech: noun plural

A heroic Jewish family who freed their nation from the oppression and persecution of the Syrians, and restored the worship of the God of Israel, B. C. 163; the name of four books of the Apocrypha, containing the history of the Maccabean princes, two of which are received into the canon of Scripture by the R. Cath. Ch.

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