• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Asmonean Of or pertaining to the patriotic Jewish family to which the Maccabees belonged; Maccabean; as, the Asmonean dynasty.
    • n Asmonean One of the Asmonean family. The Asmoneans were leaders and rulers of the Jews from 168 to 35 b. c.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • asmonean Pertaining to Asmoneus or Asmonæus, a reputed ancestor of Mattathias, the first of the Maccabees and the father of Judas Maccabæus, who lived about 165 b. c.; hence, pertaining to the Maccabees. See Maccabean.
    • n asmonean One of the family of Asmoneus; a Maccabean.
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In literature:

Arms are taken up by the Asmoneans against Antiochus, King of Syria.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 2" by Various
The insulted and decimated Jews now rallied under Mattathias, the founder of the Asmonean dynasty.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume II" by John Lord
ANTIGONUS, the last king of the Jews of the Asmonean dynasty; put to death in 77 B.C.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
The Asmonean family regarded him as a usurper, notwithstanding the fact that he had married Mariamne.
"Jesus the Christ" by James Edward Talmage
With her death the line of Asmonean claimants to the throne was ended.
"Oriental Women" by Edward Bagby Pollard
I'll join the Asmoneans.
"The Grandchildren of the Ghetto" by Israel Zangwill
Judas and the Asmoneans were usurpers, who owed their title to Lysias.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 4" by Various

In poetry:

In exile where the wicked reign,
Our courage and our pride expired,
But e'en today each throbbing vein
With Asmonean blood is fired.
"Chanukah Thoughts" by Morris Rosenfeld