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or Brah·min·ism

[brah-muh-niz-uh m]
  1. the religious and social system of the Brahmans and orthodox Hindus, characterized by the caste system and diversified pantheism.
  2. the Hinduism of the Vedas, Brahmanas, and Upanishads.
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Origin of Brahmanism

First recorded in 1810–20; Brahman1 + -ism
Related formsBrah·man·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for brahmanism

Historical Examples of brahmanism

  • The teaching of Brahmanism is beginning to recognise them, too.

    Hindu Gods And Heroes

    Lionel D. Barnett

  • They are the hewers of wood and drawers of water of Brahmanism.

  • But old Brahma and Indra lived on from the early days into Brahmanism.

    Korean Buddhism

    Frederick Starr

  • But why should he not free himself from every bond to Brahmanism and caste?

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan

    Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky

  • The principle, in short, of the Kabbala, is the same as that of Brahmanism.

British Dictionary definitions for brahmanism



noun (sometimes not capital)
  1. the religious and social system of orthodox Hinduism, characterized by diversified pantheism, the caste system, and the sacrifices and family ceremonies of Hindu tradition
  2. the form of Hinduism prescribed in the Vedas, Brahmanas, and Upanishads
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Derived FormsBrahmanist or Brahminist, noun
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