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Hesychast

[hes-i-kast] /ˈhɛs ɪˌkæst/
noun
1.
one of a sect of mystics that originated in the 14th century among the monks on Mt. Athos, Greece.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; < Medieval Latin hesychasta < Greek hēsychastḗs a recluse, equivalent to hēsycház(ein) to be quiet, be still (verbal derivative of hḗsychos quiet, still) + -tēs agent suffix
Related forms
Hesychastic, adjective
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Hesychast

/ˈhɛsɪˌkæst/
noun
1.
(Greek Orthodox Church) a member of a school of mysticism developed by the monks of Mount Athos in the 14th century
Derived Forms
Hesychastic, adjective
Word Origin
Cl8: from Medieval Latin hesychasta mystic, from Greek hēsukhastēs, from hēsukhazein to be tranquil, from hēsukhos quiet
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