or dhur·na

[dahr-nuh, duhr- or duhr-nuh]


(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.

Origin of dharna

1785–95; < Hindi: placing
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Historical Examples of dhurna

  • The laws by which the dhurna is regulated are as well defined and understood as those of any other custom whatever.

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British Dictionary definitions for dhurna




(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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