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Yuga

[yoo g-uh]
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noun Hinduism.
  1. an age of time.
  2. any of four ages, the Satya, the Treta, the Dvapara, and the Kali, each worse than the last, forming a cycle due to begin again when the Kali has come to an end.

Origin of Yuga

Borrowed into English from Sanskrit around 1775–85
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Examples from the Web for yuga

Historical Examples

  • And when the end of the Yuga comes, everybody will be in want.

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2

    Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli

  • He is even (to foes), like unto Yama himself at the end of the Yuga!

  • So they turned back toward the Yuga, on their quest of hate.

    The Sky Line of Spruce

    Edison Marshall

  • But the trail descended at last into the great valley of the Yuga.

    The Sky Line of Spruce

    Edison Marshall

  • When the Yuga rises it comes up in a flood, and it falls the same way.

    The Sky Line of Spruce

    Edison Marshall


British Dictionary definitions for yuga

Yuga

noun
  1. (in Hindu cosmology) one of the four ages of mankind, together lasting over 4 million years and marked by a progressive decline in the vitality and morals of men

Word Origin

C18: from Sanskrit: yoke, race of men, era; see yoke
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