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Assidean

[as-i-dee-uh n] /ˌæs ɪˈdi ən/
noun, Judaism.
1.
a member of a sect, characterized by its religious zeal and piety, that flourished in the 2nd century b.c. during the time of the Maccabees and vigorously resisted the Hellenization of Jewish culture and religion.
Also, Assidaean, Hasidean, Hasidaean.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Greek Assidaî(oi) (plural) (< Hebrew hasīdhīm pious ones; cf. Hasid) + -an
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