- a Brahman sage.
- (especially in India) a person who is held in the highest esteem for wisdom and saintliness.
- (in Theosophy) a great sage who has renounced further spiritual development in order to aid those who are less advanced.
Origin of mahatma
- In·di·ra [in-deer-uh] /ɪnˈdɪər ə/, 1917–84, Indian political leader: prime minister 1966–77 and 1980–84 (daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru).
- Mo·han·das Kar·am·chand [moh-huh n-dahs kuhr-uh m-chuhnd] /ˌmoʊ hənˈdɑs ˌkʌr əmˈtʃʌnd/, Mahatma, 1869–1948, Hindu religious leader, nationalist, and social reformer.
- Ra·jiv [rah-jeev] /rɑˈdʒiv/, 1944–91, Indian political leader: prime minister 1984–89 (son of Indira).
Examples from the Web for mahatma
He visited the White House and advised Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi.Growth Stocks
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October 17, 2014
The Nobel committee said he was continuing in the noble tradition of Mahatma Gandhi.Malala Yousafzai Is the Youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner in History
October 10, 2014
South Africa, not India, was the crucible in which the Mahatma was forged.Best Books About the Rest of the World
December 24, 2013
First film recording of Mahatma Gandhi, 1931, is now available on YouTube.Watch: Gandhi's First Video Interview
February 4, 2013
If Mahatma Gandhi returned and was democratically elected as president of the Palestinian Authority, it would not matter.Why I Like Naftali Bennett
January 17, 2013
But not many people have met a Mahatma, at least to their knowledge.
For aught I know Jorsen may be a Mahatma, but he does not in the least look the part.
It is only poor things such as you and I, Mahatma, which must suffer.
But whether he is what is called a Mahatma I am sure I do not know.
Now, Mahatma, you will understand what a bloodthirsty brute he is.
- Hinduism a Brahman sage
- theosophy an adept or sage
- Indira (Priyadarshini) (ɪnˈdɪərə, ˈɪndərə), daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru. 1917–84, Indian stateswoman; prime minister of India (1966–77; 1980–84); assassinated
- Mohandas Karamchand (ˌməʊhənˈdʌs ˌkʌrəmˈtʃʌnd), known as Mahatma Gandhi. 1869–1948, Indian political and spiritual leader and social reformer. He played a major part in India's struggle for home rule and was frequently imprisoned by the British for organizing acts of civil disobedience. He advocated passive resistance and hunger strikes as means of achieving reform, campaigned for the untouchables, and attempted to unite Muslims and Hindus. He was assassinated by a Hindu extremist
- Rajiv (ræˈdʒiːv), son of Indira Gandhi. 1944–91, Indian statesman; prime minister of India (1984–89); assassinated
Word Origin and History for mahatma
1884, literally "great-souled," from Sanskrit mahatman, from maha "great," from PIE root *meg- "great" (see magnate) + atman, "soul, principle of life," properly "breath" (see atman). In esoteric Buddhism, "a person of supernatural powers." In common use, as a title, a mark of love and respect. Said to have been applied to Gandhi (1869-1948) in 1915 by poet Rabrindranath Tagore.