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or Has·sid also Chas·sid  (KHä′sĭd, KHô′-, hä′-)
n. pl. Ha·si·dim or Has·si·dim also Chas·si·dim (KHä-sē′dĭm, KHô-, hä-)
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.

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

Ha·si′dic adj.
Ha·si′dism n.


(ˈhɑ sɪd, ˈxɑ-, ˈxɔ-, xɑˈsid)

n., pl. Ha•sid•im (hɑˈsɪd ɪm, xɑ-, ˌxɑ siˈdim)
a member of a Jewish sect founded in Poland in the 18th century that emphasizes mysticism, ritual strictness, religious zeal, and joy.
[1810–20; < Hebrew ḥāsīd pious (person)]
Ha•sid•ic (hɑˈsɪd ɪk, hə-) adj.
Has•i•dism (ˈhæs ɪˌdɪz əm, ˈhɑ sɪ-) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Hasid - a member of a Jewish sect that observes a form of strict Orthodox Judaism
Chasidim, Chassidim, Hasidim, Hasidism, Hassidim - a sect of Orthodox Jews that arose out of a pietistic movement originating in eastern Europe in the second half of the 18th century; a sect that follows the Mosaic law strictly
Orthodox Jew - Jew who practices strict observance of Mosaic law
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According to Yehuda Yaari, this term was taken from the tradition of the Rabbi Nachman of Breslav's Hassids (devoted followers), relating to "the kibbutz" (getting together), which was their annual new year's tradition for praying and studying their rabbi's books.
The fake Hassids marched into the office, seemingly to stick up the business and steal thousands of dollars in diamonds.