Definition of Sadducee in US English:



  • A member of a Jewish sect or party of the time of Jesus Christ that denied the resurrection of the dead, the existence of spirits, and the obligation of oral tradition, emphasizing acceptance of the written Law alone.

    Compare with Pharisee
    • ‘The Sadducees (who disbelieved in resurrection of the dead) were upset over the disciples Peter and John telling of Jesus’ rising from the dead.’
    • ‘During Shemayah's time the heretical sect, the Sadducees, were ascendant and would wield significant influence until the destruction of the Temple.’
    • ‘In Part 28, we discussed the rift between the Pharisees (the mainstream Jews) and the Sadducees (the Jews who only followed the Written Torah, making up their own interpretations).’
    • ‘The unholy alliance of Sadducees and Pharisees makes up the bulk of the moderate forces which rule the rest of the city.’
    • ‘Even the Scriptures accepted by the Sadducees taught the resurrection: Christ demonstrated this with an argument showing that the Pentateuch taught that God was the God of the patriarchs and the God of the living.’
    • ‘Like the Sadducees, the Karaites didn't recognize the authority of the Oral Torah and hence they read the Written Torah literally.’
    • ‘The ‘zealots’ are often mentioned in standard books on the New Testament writings as a fourth group in first-century Judaism alongside the Pharisees, the Essenes, and the Sadducees.’
    • ‘Reaching back to the Second Temple, there were movements like Sadducees, Boethusians and others that rejected and redefined existing Jewish beliefs.’
    • ‘The alliance of the Hellenists and the Sadducees against traditional Judaism guaranteed constant turmoil in Jewish life throughout the time of the Second Temple and even thereafter.’
    • ‘The various sects that developed - such as the Sadducees and the Karaites - questioned the oral tradition or rabbinic law, but never the Divine origin of the Torah.’
    • ‘Disagreement on what constitutes purity divides the Pharisees from Sadducees, Judean from Samaritan, the Qumran community from the rest of society, and the Jesus group from the religious elite.’
    • ‘Some Jewish people, most notably the Sadducees, denied any thought of life after death.’
    • ‘Here Christ's answer to the Sadducees provides a vital clue: ‘In the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven’.’
    • ‘Despite being under Roman occupation, the Jews, or rather the religious leadership of that time, the Pharisees and Sadducees, were given near autonomy in religious matters.’
    • ‘Even the Sadducees and Pharisees had SOME common ground!’
    • ‘This was also the only part of Scripture that the Jewish religious group called the Sadducees recognised in the time of Jesus.’
    • ‘But the picture of Judaism in this period remained above all the religious system and the various religious groups, like Pharisees, Sadducees and Essenes.’
    • ‘After the dispersion of the Jews by the Romans following the failure of the Bar Kochba Revolt, the Jewish followers of Jesus disappeared along with the Essenes, the Sadducees and the Zealots.’
    • ‘In the third of three questions posed by religious leaders, Jesus responds to a riddle about resurrection posed by Sadducees seeking to trap him with complicated legal dilemmas.’
    • ‘Although John is most severe when he is warning the Pharisees and Sadducees, he calls all to repent, and when they are baptized in the Jordan, to confess their sins.’


Old English sadducēas (plural), via late Latin from Greek Saddoukaios, from Hebrew ṣĕḏōqī in the sense ‘descendant of Zadok’ (2 Sam. 8:17).