Khlyst

noun

ˈklist
plural Khlysty
kliˈstē
or Khlysts
: a member of a secret Russian Christian sect that originated in the 17th century or earlier, taught that God becomes incarnate in many Christs through their suffering, and followed ascetic and ecstatic practices

Word History

Etymology

Russian, literally, whip, probably of imitative origin

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“Khlyst.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Khlyst. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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