[suht-yuh-gruh-huh, suh t-yah-gruh-]
noun (sometimes lowercase)
  1. (in India) the policy of passive resistance inaugurated by Mohandas Gandhi in 1919 as a method of gaining political and social reforms.

Origin of Satyagraha

1915–20; < Hindi, equivalent to Sanskrit satya truth + āgraha strong attachment, persistence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. the policy of nonviolent resistance adopted by Mahatma Gandhi from about 1919 to oppose British rule in India
  2. any movement of nonviolent resistance

Word Origin for satyagraha

via Hindi from Sanskrit, literally: insistence on truth, from satya truth + agraha fervour
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Word Origin and History for satyagraha

Indian form of passive resistance, 1920, in writings of M.K. Gandhi, from Sanskrit satyagraha "insistence on truth," from satya "truth, truthfulness" (from sat- "existing, true, virtuous," from PIE *es- "to be;" see essence) + agraha "pertinacity," from PIE *ghrebh- "to seize, reach" (see grab (v.)).

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