hesychast

noun

hes·​y·​chast
-kast
plural -s
often capitalized
: 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

Word History

Etymology

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

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“Hesychast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hesychast. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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