[brah-muh-niz-uh m]


Related formsBrah·min·ist, noun


or Brah·min·ism

[brah-muh-niz-uh m]


the religious and social system of the Brahmans and orthodox Hindus, characterized by the caste system and diversified pantheism.
the Hinduism of the Vedas, Brahmanas, and Upanishads.

Origin of Brahmanism

First recorded in 1810–20; Brahman1 + -ism
Related formsBrah·man·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for brahminism

Historical Examples of brahminism

  • The part which the serpent plays in Brahminism is well known.

  • The prevailing religions are Buddhism, Brahminism, and Mahommedism.

    Ten Years in India

    W.J.D. Gould

  • Buddhism and Brahminism have reached it, and not transcended it.

    Pedagogics as a System

    Karl Rosenkranz

  • Which of the two systems, Buddhism or Brahminism, is the most ancient?

    The Life or Legend of Gaudama

    Right Reverend Paul Ambroise Bigandet

  • Under the influence of Brahminism genius and ambition have been suppressed.


    Helen Keller

British Dictionary definitions for brahminism



noun (sometimes not capital)

the religious and social system of orthodox Hinduism, characterized by diversified pantheism, the caste system, and the sacrifices and family ceremonies of Hindu tradition
the form of Hinduism prescribed in the Vedas, Brahmanas, and Upanishads
Derived FormsBrahmanist or Brahminist, noun
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