Hasidic

Pronunciations

Hasidic (kha-SID-ik) listen

Definitions

  • adj. Of or relating to Hasidic Judaism or Hasidic Jews.

Example Sentences

  • "[T]he Satmar and other Hasidic movements represented an alternative version of the “New York Jew” — the assimilated cohort that was already heading to the suburbs when Williamsburg began to fill with strictly Orthodox refugees from Hitler’s Europe. Moreover, while their fellow Jews were largely joining the professional class, the Hasidim had more in common with Puerto Rican and African-American residents as proponents for and beneficiaries of federal and state aid to the poor." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish
  • English

Etymology

  • Heb. חָסִיד chasid 'lit. good person' > Yid. חסיד khosid 'Hasid' + adjectival suffix יש- ish > Eng. Hasid + adjectival suffix -ic

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      Chasidic, Hassidic, Chassidic, Khasidic, Khasidic

Notes

Edit     Something missing from this entry? Inaccurate? Feel free to suggest an edit.