• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • prop. a Maccabean Of or pertaining to Judas Maccabeus or to the Maccabees; as, the Maccabean princes; Maccabean times.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n maccabean Of or pertaining to the Jewish princes called Maccabees, who delivered Judea from the tyranny of Antiochus Epiphanes, about 166 b. c., and rendered it independent for about a century.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Maccabean mak-a-bē′an pertaining to Judas Maccabeus, or to the Maccabees, an ancient Jewish family who rescued Judea from the persecutions of Antiochus Epiphanes, king of Syria, about 166 B.C
    • Maccabean as related in two historical books of the Apocrypha
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In literature:

They were now governed by a succession of rulers from the Maccabean family for a period of one hundred years.
"The Bible Period by Period" by Josiah Blake Tidwell
Some writers have referred certain psalms to the Maccabean age.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
Was the Maccabean rule a failure because it did not last?
"Hebrew Life and Times" by Harold B. Hunting
Was it not here that Judas, the Maccabean, had routed the host of Nicanor?
"For the Temple" by G. A. Henty
The Maccabeans will rise again.
"The Jewish State" by Theodor Herzl
For during the palmy days of the Maccabean dynasty the Twelve tribes were supposed to be in Palestine.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
If Islam resembles Maccabean Judaism, the Peruvian organization resembled some forms of Medieval Christianity.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
Governmentally, this period was divided between Persian, Greek, Maccabean, and Roman rule.
"Training the Teacher" by A. F. Schauffler
Would the sons and successors of the sturdy Maccabeans give away the fruits of the hard-won victory?
"Oriental Women" by Edward Bagby Pollard
Its Jewish inhabitants were massacred early in the Maccabean struggle.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall

In poetry:

Wake, Israel, wake! Recall to-day
The glorious Maccabean rage,
The sire heroic, hoary-gray,
His five-fold lion-lineage:
The Wise, the Elect, the Help-of-God,
The Burst-of-Spring, the Avenging Rod.
"The Banner Of The Jew" by Emma Lazarus
Then from the stony peak there rang
A blast to ope the graves: down poured
The Maccabean clan, who sang
Their battle-anthem to the Lord.
Five heroes lead, and following, see,
Ten thousand rush to victory!
"The Banner Of The Jew" by Emma Lazarus