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[ahsh-ruh m]
  1. a secluded building, often the residence of a guru, used for religious retreat or instruction in Hinduism.
  2. the persons instructed there.
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Origin of ashram

First recorded in 1915–20, ashram is from the Sanskrit word āśrama
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  1. a religious retreat or community where a Hindu holy man lives
  2. a house that provides accommodation for destitute people
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Word Origin for ashram

from Sanskrit āśrama, from ā- near + śrama religious exertion
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Word Origin and History for ashram


"religious hermitage," 1917, from Sanskrit asramah, from a-, adnomial prefix, + sramah "effort, toll, fatigue."

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