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[vi-dahn-tuh, -dan-] /vɪˈdɑn tə, -ˈdæn-/
the chief Hindu philosophy, dealing mainly with the Upanishadic doctrine of the identity of Brahman and Atman, that reached its highest development a.d. c800 through the philosopher Shankara.
Compare Advaita, dvaita (def 2).
Origin of Vedanta
< Sanskrit, equivalent to veda Veda + anta end
Related forms
Vedantic, adjective
Vedantism, noun
Vedantist, noun Unabridged
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  • On the other hand, the Vedanta is uncompromisingly monistic.

  • This Vyasa was the writer of the Vedanta philosophy, a holy man.

    A California Girl Edward Eldridge
  • It is true that the Vedanta is simpler than most other theories.

    Glimpses of Bengal Sir Rabindranath Tagore
  • They are stored up, pigeon-holed there, in the Chitta, as it is called in Vedanta.

    Reincarnation Swami Abhedananda
  • According to Vedanta, the end and aim of Evolution is the attainment of perfection.

    Reincarnation Swami Abhedananda
  • The latter, according to a Vedanta expression, is an eternity in eternity.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
  • “Rabbi Ben Ezra” holds in absolute solution the Vedanta philosophy.

    The Brownings

    Lilian Whiting
  • In the Vedanta philosophy this speculative pantheism is carried further.

    Ten Great Religions James Freeman Clarke
  • But the leading philosophy of India is unquestionably the Vedanta.

    Two Old Faiths J. Murray Mitchell and William Muir
  • The unity of the soul and God—this is the scope of all Vedanta treatises.

    Two Old Faiths J. Murray Mitchell and William Muir
British Dictionary definitions for Vedanta


/vɪˈdɑːntə; -ˈdæn-/
one of the six main philosophical schools of Hinduism, expounding the monism regarded as implicit in the Veda in accordance with the doctrines of the Upanishads. It teaches that only Brahman has reality, while the whole phenomenal world is the outcome of illusion (maya)
Derived Forms
Vedantic, adjective
Vedantism, noun
Vedantist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Sanskrit, from Veda + ánta end
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