- Hinduism. Brahman1(def 1).
- (especially in New England) a person usually from an old, respected family who, because of wealth and social position, wields considerable social, economic, and political power.
- a person who is intellectually or socially aloof.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of a Brahmin: the Brahmin attitudes of a true aristocrat.
Origin of Brahmin
Examples from the Web for brahminical
Coppal was and is a Brahminical Venus, and her worship is wholly phallic in character.Religion and Lust
The Brahminical religion had been persecuted by the Mahommedans.Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)
Thomas Babington Macaulay
The daughter of an Aryapattar cannot be disposed of to a Brahminical caste in Malabar.
In their ceremonies, the rich follow closely the Brahminical customs.
Pratya-sha (Brahminical), visible emanations from the Deity, 288.The Round Towers of Ireland
- the older spelling of Brahman (def. 1)
- (in the US) a highly intelligent or socially exclusive person, esp a member of one of the older New England families
- an intellectual or social snob
Word Origin and History for brahminical
"member of Boston's upper class," 1823, figurative use of Brahman "member of the highest priestly Hindu caste," late 15c., from Sanskrit brahmana-s, from brahman- "prayer," also "the universal soul, the Absolute," of uncertain origin. Related to Brahma.