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[has-i-diz-uh m, hah-si-] /ˈhæs ɪˌdɪz əm, ˈhɑ sɪ-/
noun, Judaism.
the principles and practices of the Hasidim.
Also, Hassidism, Chasidism, Chassidism.
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(from Hebrew hasid, "pious one"), a 12th- and 13th-century Jewish religious movement in Germany that combined austerity with overtones of mysticism. It sought favour with the common people, who had grown dissatisfied with formalistic ritualism and had turned their attention to developing a personal spiritual life, as reflected in the movement's great work, Sefer Hasidim.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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