Ha·​sid | \ ˈha-səd How to pronounce Hasid (audio) , ˈḵä- How to pronounce Hasid (audio) \
variants: or less commonly or Chassid
plural Hasidim also Chasidim or Chassidim\ ˈha-​sə-​dəm How to pronounce Chassidim (audio) , ḵä-​ˈsē-​ \

Definition of Hasid

1 : a member of a Jewish sect of the second century b.c. opposed to Hellenism and devoted to the strict observance of the ritual law
2 or less commonly Hassid \ ˈha-​səd How to pronounce Hassid (audio) , ˈḵä-​ \ : a member of a Jewish mystical sect founded in Poland about 1750 in opposition to rationalism and ritual laxity

Other Words from Hasid

Hasidic or less commonly Hassidic or Chasidic or Chassidic \ ha-​ˈsi-​dik How to pronounce Chassidic (audio) , hä-​ , ḵä-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of Hasid

1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Hasid

Hebrew ḥāsīdh pious

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“Hasid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hasid. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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