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The Jewish Sanhedrim probably took its form from the seventy elders appointed to assist Moses in the government. After the captivity it seems to have been a permanent consistory court. The president was called “Ha-Nasi” (the prince), and the vice-president “Abba” (father). The seventy sat in a semicircle, thirty-five on each side of the president; the “father” being on his right hand, and the “hacan,” or sub-deputy, on his left. All questions of the “Law” were dogmatically settled by the Sanhedrim, and those who refused obedience were excommunicated. (Greek, sunedrion, a sitting together.)

Sanhedrim, in Dryden’s satire of Absalom and Achitophel, stands for the British Parliament.

“The Sanhedrim long time as chief he ruled,

Their reason guided, and their passion cooled.”

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Sandwichman (A)
Sang Bleu
Sang Froid (French, “cool blood”)
Sanglier (Sir)
Sangrado (Dr.)
Sanguine [murrey]
Sanguinary James (A)
Sans Culottes (French, without trousers)
Sans Culottides
Sans Peur et Sans Reproche
Sans Souci (French)
Sansfoy [Infidelity]
Sansjoy [Without the peace of God]
Sansloy [Irreligion]
Sansonetto (in Orlando Furioso)

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