- 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
He was known to be masquerading as a sadhu in order to rob pilgrims.Autobiography of a YOGI
A for the Sadhu himself, his movements were as swift and as goat-like.
He was a member of the Sadhu sect, a "candidate for Saintship," to use the expression of one of our party.
Our cries of distress were answered by the sudden appearance of the mysterious Sadhu with his cow.
We remembered that it was reported this proud friend of ours also belonged to the Sadhu sect.
- a Hindu wandering holy man
Sanskrit, from sādhu good
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