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  1. one of a sect of mystics that originated in the 14th century among the monks on Mt. Athos, Greece.
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Origin of Hesychast

1825–35; < Medieval Latin hesychasta < Greek hēsychastḗs a recluse, equivalent to hēsycház(ein) to be quiet, be still (verbal derivative of hḗsychos quiet, still) + -tēs agent suffix
Related formsHes·y·chast·ic, adjective
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Historical Examples of hesychast

  • In the Hesychast controversy he took the side of the monks of Athos, but refused to agree to the theory of the uncreated light.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4


British Dictionary definitions for hesychast


  1. Greek Orthodox Church a member of a school of mysticism developed by the monks of Mount Athos in the 14th century
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Derived FormsHesychastic, adjective

Word Origin for Hesychast

Cl8: from Medieval Latin hesychasta mystic, from Greek hēsukhastēs, from hēsukhazein to be tranquil, from hēsukhos quiet
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