Pronunciation: (hä'sid; Ashk. Heb. khô'sid; Seph. Heb. khä-sēd'), [key]
—pl. Ha•sid•imPronunciation: (hä-sid'im, hu-; Ashk. Heb. khô-sē'dim; Seph. Heb. khä-sē-dēm'). [key] Judaism.
1. a member of a sect founded in Poland in the 18th century by Baal Shem-Tov and characterized by its emphasis on mysticism, prayer, ritual strictness, religious zeal, and joy. Cf. Mitnagged.
2. an Assidean. Also,Hassid,Chasid,Chassid.
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