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[brah-muh-niz-uh m] /ˈbrɑ məˌnɪz əm/
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Brahminist, noun


or Brahminism

[brah-muh-niz-uh m] /ˈbrɑ məˌnɪz əm/
the religious and social system of the Brahmans and orthodox Hindus, characterized by the caste system and diversified pantheism.
the Hinduism of the Vedas, Brahmanas, and Upanishads.
Origin of Brahmanism
First recorded in 1810-20; Brahman1 + -ism
Related forms
Brahmanist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Brahminism
Historical Examples
  • The part which the serpent plays in Brahminism is well known.

  • The prevailing religions are Buddhism, Brahminism, and Mahommedism.

    Ten Years in India W.J.D. Gould
  • Buddhism and Brahminism have reached it, and not transcended it.

    Pedagogics as a System Karl Rosenkranz
  • Which of the two systems, Buddhism or Brahminism, is the most ancient?

    The Life or Legend of Gaudama Right Reverend Paul Ambroise Bigandet
  • Under the influence of Brahminism genius and ambition have been suppressed.

    Optimism Helen Keller
  • I was once a wealthy man, trained in all the learning of Brahminism.

    In Kali's Country

    Emily Churchill Thompson Sheets
  • There is nothing in Hinduism or Brahminism that can compare with His life and character.

    In Kali's Country

    Emily Churchill Thompson Sheets
  • See the "Bhagvat Geeta," one of the religious books of Brahminism.

    The Symbolism of Freemasonry Albert G. Mackey
  • "But it is not very different from Brahminism," suggested Professor Giroud.

    Across India Oliver Optic
  • The same process would prove the excellence of Buddhism, Brahminism, and Mohammedanism.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
British Dictionary definitions for Brahminism


noun (sometimes not capital)
the religious and social system of orthodox Hinduism, characterized by diversified pantheism, the caste system, and the sacrifices and family ceremonies of Hindu tradition
the form of Hinduism prescribed in the Vedas, Brahmanas, and Upanishads
Derived Forms
Brahmanist, Brahminist, noun
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