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sadhu

[sah-doo]
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noun Hinduism.
  1. an ascetic holy man, especially a monk.

Origin of sadhu

First recorded in 1835–45, sadhu is from the Sanskrit word sādhu good, a holy man
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Examples from the Web for sadhu

Historical Examples

  • He was known to be masquerading as a sadhu in order to rob pilgrims.

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda

  • A for the Sadhu himself, his movements were as swift and as goat-like.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan

    Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky

  • He was a member of the Sadhu sect, a "candidate for Saintship," to use the expression of one of our party.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan

    Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky

  • Our cries of distress were answered by the sudden appearance of the mysterious Sadhu with his cow.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan

    Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky

  • We remembered that it was reported this proud friend of ours also belonged to the Sadhu sect.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan

    Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky


British Dictionary definitions for sadhu

sadhu

saddhu

noun
  1. a Hindu wandering holy man

Word Origin

Sanskrit, from sādhu good
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