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or dhurna

[dahr-nuh, duhr- or duhr-nuh] /ˈdɑr nə, ˈdʌr- or ˈdʌr nə/
(in India) the practice of exacting justice or compliance with a just demand by sitting and fasting at the doorstep of an offender until death or until the demand is granted.
Origin of dharna
1785-95; < Hindi: placing Unabridged
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  • The laws by which the dhurna is regulated are as well defined and understood as those of any other custom whatever.

    Ten Thousand Wonderful Things Edmund Fillingham King
British Dictionary definitions for dhurna


/ˈdʌnə; ˈdɑː-/
(in India) a method of obtaining justice, as the payment of a debt, by sitting, fasting, at the door of the person from whom reparation is sought
Word Origin
C18: from Hindi, literally: a placing
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