[ suht-vuh ]
/ ˈsʌt və /

noun Hinduism.

See under guna.

Origin of sattva

From Sanskrit

Definition for sattva (2 of 2)

[ goo n-uh ]
/ ˈgʊn ə /


(in Sankhya and Vedantic philosophy) one of the three qualities of prakriti, or nature, which are passion (rajas), dullness or inertia (tamas), and goodness or purity (sattva).

Origin of guna

First recorded in 1860–65, guna is from the Sanskrit word guṇa thread, quality Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for sattva

  • Thus "sight," or the power of seeing, is a modification of the quality of sattva unobstructed by rajas and tamas.