or Brah·min·ism

[ brah-muh-niz-uhm ]

  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.

Origin of Brahmanism

First recorded in 1810–20; Brahman1 + -ism

Other words from Brahmanism

  • Brah·man·ist, noun

Words Nearby Brahmanism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use Brahmanism in a sentence

  • Brahmanism carried idealism to the extent of denying any reality to sense or matter, declaring that sense is a delusion.

  • From a religious and philosophical point of view, Buddhism at first did not materially differ from Brahmanism.

  • Still later the trisula was converted by Brahmanism into an anthropoid figure, and became the image of Jagenath.

    The Swastika | Thomas Wilson
  • They always got wrecked upon the double rock of Brahmanism and of prejudices centuries old.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan | Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
  • Brahmanism with its great culture succeeded in binding the whole of India and was indeed a mighty unifying force.

    Freedom Through Disobedience | C. R. (Chittaranjan) Das

British Dictionary definitions for Brahmanism



/ (ˈbrɑːməˌnɪzəm) /

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

Derived forms of Brahmanism

  • Brahmanist or Brahminist, noun

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