- 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.
Pronunciation: /ˌsajəˈsēən, ˌsadyə-/adjective
Old English sadducēas (plural), via late Latin from Greek Saddoukaios, from Hebrew ṣĕḏōqī in the sense 'descendant of Zadok' (2 Sam. 8:17)