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Hare Krishna

[hahr-ee krish-nuh, har-ee]
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noun
  1. a religious sect based on Vedic scriptures, whose followers engage in joyful congregational chanting of Krishna's name: founded in the U.S. in 1966.

Origin of Hare Krishna

from chanted phrase Hare Krishna! < Hindi harē kṛṣṇā O Krishna!
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British Dictionary definitions for hare krishna

Hare Krishna

noun
  1. a Hindu sect devoted to a form of Hinduism (Krishna Consciousness) based on the worship of the god Krishna
  2. plural Hare Krishnas a member or follower of this sect

Word Origin

C20: from Hindi, literally: Lord Krishna (vocative): the opening words of a sacred verse often chanted in public by adherents of the movement
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Word Origin and History for hare krishna

Hare Krishna

1968, title of a Hindu chant or mantra, from Hindi hare "O God!" + Krishna, name of an incarnation of the god Vishnu.

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