[ ahr-huht ]
/ ˈɑr hət /
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a Buddhist who has attained Nirvana through rigorous discipline and ascetic practices.Compare Bodhisattva.
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Also Ar·hant [ahr-huhnt]. /ˈɑr hənt/.
Origin of Arhat
1865–70; <Sanskrit: meriting respect, derivative of arhati (he) merits
OTHER WORDS FROM ArhatAr·hat·ship, noun
Words nearby Arhat
argyle, Argyll, Argyll and Bute, Argyllshire, Argyrol, Arhat, Århus, arhythmia, aria, aria da capo, Ariadne
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How to use Arhat in a sentence
When it was being made over to an Arhat by pouring water on his hands, some drops fell on the ground.
The king accordingly, when he died, buried him after the fashion of an Arhat, as the regular rules prescribed.
"There is no god superior to the Arhat," says the Kalpa-sūtra (Stevenson, p. 10).
But in the night hours spirits appear to us and tell us not to kill ourselves, for an Arhat will come from the East to deliver us.Myths and Legends of China|E. T. C. Werner
The life of an Arhat which includes the strictest morality is commended on its own account as the best and happiest existence.Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)|Charles Eliot
British Dictionary definitions for Arhat
/ (ˈɑːhət) /
a Buddhist, esp a monk who has achieved enlightenment and at death passes to nirvanaCompare Bodhisattva
Word Origin for arhat
from Sanskrit: worthy of respect, from arhati he deserves
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