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mahatma

[ muh-haht-muh, -hat- ]
/ məˈhɑt mə, -ˈhæt- /
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noun (sometimes initial capital letter)

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.

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Origin of mahatma

1850–55; <Sanskrit mahātmā, nominative singular of mahātman high-souled, magnanimous, equivalent to mahā- great + ātmanatman

OTHER WORDS FROM mahatma

ma·hat·ma·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for mahatma

mahatma
/ (məˈhɑːtmə, -ˈhæt-) /

noun (sometimes capital)

Hinduism a Brahman sage
theosophy an adept or sage

Derived forms of mahatma

mahatmaism, noun

Word Origin for mahatma

C19: from Sanskrit mahātman, from mahā great + ātman soul
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