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noun Hinduism.
  1. one of a class of prose pieces dealing with Vedic rituals and sacrifices.
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Compare Veda.

Origin of Brahmana

From the Sanskrit word brāhmaṇa
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Historical Examples of brahmana

  • Woe to him who strikes a Brahmana, more woe to him who flies at his aggressor!

    The Dhammapada


  • No one should attack a Brahmana, but no Brahmana (if attacked) should let himself fly at his aggressor!

  • Him I call indeed a Brahmana who has no interests, and when he has understood (the truth), does not say How, how?

  • I do not call a man a Brahmana because of his origin or of his mother.

  • In another passage this Brahmana gives quite a different account.

British Dictionary definitions for brahmana


  1. Hinduism any of a number of sacred treatises added to each of the Vedas
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