hesychast

noun, often capitalized hes·y·chast \-kast\

Definition of hesychast

plural

-s

  1. :  one of an Eastern Orthodox ascetic sect of mystics originating among the monks of Mount Athos in the 14th century and practicing a quietistic method of contemplation for the purpose of attaining a beatific vision or similar mystical experience

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Origin and Etymology of hesychast

Middle Greek hēsychastēs, from Late Greek, quietist, hermit, Greek hēsychazein to be still, keep quiet, from hēsychos quiet; perhaps akin to Old English sīd long — more at side


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