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(hɪˈɡjuːmɛn) or


(Eastern Church (Greek & Russian Orthodox)) the head of a monastery of the Eastern Church
[C16: from Medieval Latin hēgūmenus, from Late Greek hēgoumenos leader, from Greek hēgeisthai to lead]


(hɪˈgyu mən)

also he•gu•me•nos


the head of a monastery in the Eastern Church.
[1655–65; < Medieval Latin hēgūmenus < Greek hēgoúmenos chief, literally, leading, present participle of hēgeîsthai to lead]


the head of a monastery.
See also: Eastern Orthodoxy
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Hegumen Abdel Messeh Bassit told the privately-owned news website Masrawy that security forces have dismantled another bomb within the area of the church.
By analyzing the use of indictions in the chronicle, Tolochko concludes that the man behind the chronological apparatus in the Primary Chronicle could not have been anyone other than Hegumen Sil'vestr of Vladimir Monomakh's family monastery.
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For many commentators, the clue lay in Kirill's reference to "culturally Orthodox." The more liberally inclined theologian, Hegumen Innokenty Pavlov, could argue the need for a more realistic approach on the part of the church, noting that while many claimed to believe, surveys repeatedly suggested that only around 5 percent of the population participated in Orthodox religious activity with any degree of regularity A 2002 Pew Research Centre survey reported that only 14 percent of Russians said that religion played an important role in their life.
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