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sannyasi

[suhn-yah-see]
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noun
  1. Hinduism. a wandering beggar and ascetic.
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Origin of sannyasi

1605–15; < Hindi: one who casts away
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Examples from the Web for sannyasi

Historical Examples

  • Seymour escaped, and returned to India in the dress of a Sannyasi.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan

    Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky

  • So I came to you, on hearing of your reputation, and yet you praise me because I am a sannyasi!

    Chaitanya's Life And Teachings

    Krishna das Kaviraja

  • The Sannyasi ordered seven jars of water and seven jars of milk to be brought to him.

    Folk-Tales of Bengal

    Lal Behari Day

  • This sannyasi was no other than the young thief in disguise.

    Folk-Tales of Bengal

    Lal Behari Day

  • They are monks who never marry, but are quite different from other mendicant brotherhoods, the so-called Sannyasi and Hossein.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan

    Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky


British Dictionary definitions for sannyasi

sannyasi

sanyasi sannyasin (sʌnˈjɑːsɪn)

noun
  1. a Brahman who having attained the fourth and last stage of life as a beggar will not be reborn, but will instead be absorbed into the Universal SoulAlso called: renunciate
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Word Origin

from Hindi: abandoning, from Sanskrit samnyāsin
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