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From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    The origin of this Jewish sect cannot definitely be traced. It
    was probably the outcome of the influence of Grecian customs and
    philosophy during the period of Greek domination. The first time
    they are met with is in connection with John the Baptist's
    ministry. They came out to him when on the banks of the Jordan,
    and he said to them, "O generation of vipers, who hath warned
    you to flee from the wrath to come?" (Matt. 3:7.) The next time
    they are spoken of they are represented as coming to our Lord
    tempting him. He calls them "hypocrites" and "a wicked and
    adulterous generation" (Matt. 16:1-4; 22:23). The only reference
    to them in the Gospels of Mark (12:18-27) and Luke (20:27-38) is
    their attempting to ridicule the doctrine of the resurrection,
    which they denied, as they also denied the existence of angels.
    They are never mentioned in John's Gospel.
      There were many Sadducees among the "elders" of the Sanhedrin.
    They seem, indeed, to have been as numerous as the Pharisees
    (Acts 23:6). They showed their hatred of Jesus in taking part in
    his condemnation (Matt. 16:21; 26:1-3, 59; Mark 8:31; 15:1; Luke
    9:22; 22:66). They endeavoured to prohibit the apostles from
    preaching the resurrection of Christ (Acts 2:24, 31, 32; 4:1, 2;
    5:17, 24-28). They were the deists or sceptics of that age. They
    do not appear as a separate sect after the destruction of

From: Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (late 1800's)

 Sadducees, followers of Sadoc, or Zadok