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[suht-yuh-gruh-huh, suh t-yah-gruh-] /ˈsʌt yəˌgrʌ hə, sətˈyɑ grə-/
noun, (sometimes lowercase)
(in India) the policy of passive resistance inaugurated by Mohandas Gandhi in 1919 as a method of gaining political and social reforms.
Origin of Satyagraha
1915-20; < Hindi, equivalent to Sanskrit satya truth + āgraha strong attachment, persistence Unabridged
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  • He lists and discusses 13 steps in the development of a campaign of Satyagraha, pp. 5-43.

    Introduction to Non-Violence Theodore Paullin
  • It is the mistakes of the people that matter in a Satyagraha campaign.

    Freedom's Battle Mahatma Gandhi
  • The term "Satyagraha" itself was, however, a contribution of Gandhi.

    Introduction to Non-Violence Theodore Paullin
  • The first step in Satyagraha is negotiation and arbitration with the adversary.

    Introduction to Non-Violence Theodore Paullin
  • And you are satisfied that the masses understand the spirit of Satyagraha?

    Freedom's Battle Mahatma Gandhi
  • It seems clear that Satyagraha cannot be equated with Christian pacifism.

    Introduction to Non-Violence Theodore Paullin
  • Satyagraha is the famous nonviolence movement led by Gandhi.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • Mahatma Gandhi advised his countrymen to take the Satyagraha Pledge as the only means of securing redress for their grievances.

    Chitta Ranjan Sukumar Ranjan Das
  • In practice, Satyagraha is a mixture of expediency and principle.

    Introduction to Non-Violence Theodore Paullin
  • "Yes, diet is important in the Satyagraha movement-as everywhere else," he said with a chuckle.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
British Dictionary definitions for Satyagraha


the policy of nonviolent resistance adopted by Mahatma Gandhi from about 1919 to oppose British rule in India
any movement of nonviolent resistance
Word Origin
via Hindi from Sanskrit, literally: insistence on truth, from satya truth + agraha fervour
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Satyagraha



Indian form of passive resistance, 1920, in writings of M.K. Gandhi, from Sanskrit satyagraha "insistence on truth," from satya "truth, truthfulness" (from sat- "existing, true, virtuous," from PIE *es- "to be;" see essence) + agraha "pertinacity," from PIE *ghrebh- "to seize, reach" (see grab (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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