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 Hes’perus.Hetærism (3 syl.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
He’sychasts (pron. He’-se-kasts).
 
The “Quietists” of the East in the fourteenth century. They placed perfection in contemplation. (Greek, hesu’chia, quiet.) (See Gibbon, Roman Empire, lxiii.) Milton well expresses their belief in his Comus:   1
       
“Till oft converse with heavenly habitants
Begin to cast a beam on the outward shape,
And turns it by degrees to the soul’s essence,
Till all be made immortal.” (470–474.)
 


 Hes’perus.Hetærism (3 syl.). 

 
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