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Hasidism

[has-i-diz-uh m, hah-si-] /ˈhæs ɪˌdɪz əm, ˈhɑ sɪ-/
noun, Judaism.
1.
the principles and practices of the Hasidim.
Also, Hassidism, Chasidism, Chassidism.
Origin

Hassid

[hah-sid; Ashkenazic Hebrew khaw-sid; Sephardic Hebrew khah-seed] /ˈhɑ sɪd; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈxɔ sɪd; Sephardic Hebrew ˈxɑ sid/
noun, plural Hassidim
[hah-sid-im, huh-; Ashkenazic Hebrew khaw-see-dim; Sephardic Hebrew khah-see-deem] /hɑˈsɪd ɪm, hə-; Ashkenazic Hebrew xɔˈsi dɪm; Sephardic Hebrew xɑ siˈdim/ (Show IPA).
Judaism.
1.
Related forms
Hassidic
[hah-sid-ik, huh-] /hɑˈsɪd ɪk, hə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Hassidism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hassidism

Hassid

/ˈhæsɪd; Hebrew xaˈsid/
noun
1.
variant spellings of Chassid
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Encyclopedia Article for hassidism

Hasidism

(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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