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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of a Jewish mystic movement founded in the 18th century in eastern Europe by Baal Shem Tov that reacted against Talmudic learning and maintained that God's presence was in all of one's surroundings and that one should serve God in one's every deed and word.

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  • n. a member of a Jewish sect that observes a form of strict Orthodox Judaism

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From Hebrew ḥāsîd, pious, from ḥāsad, to be kind; see ḥsd in Semitic roots.

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