dharna

or dhur·na

[ dahr-nuh, duhr- or duhr-nuh ]
/ ˈdɑr nə, ˈdʌr- or ˈdʌr nə /
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noun

(in India) the practice of exacting justice or compliance with a just demand by sitting and fasting at the doorstep of an offender until death or until the demand is granted.

Nearby words

  1. dhal,
  2. dhaman,
  3. dhamma,
  4. dhansak,
  5. dharma,
  6. dharuk,
  7. dhaulagiri,
  8. dhb,
  9. dhea,
  10. dheas

Origin of dharna

1785–95; < Hindi: placing

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dharna

dhurna

/ (ˈdʌnə, ˈdɑː-) /

noun

(in India) a method of obtaining justice, as the payment of a debt, by sitting, fasting, at the door of the person from whom reparation is sought

Word Origin for dharna

C18: from Hindi, literally: a placing

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