[ swuh-dey-shee ]
/ swəˈdeɪ ʃi /
a political movement in British India that encouraged domestic production and the boycott of foreign, especially British, goods as a step toward home rule.
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Origin of Swadeshi
1900–05; <Hindi or Bengali svadesī, equivalent to sva- self, own + desī native
Words nearby Swadeshi
, swaddling clothes
, swage block
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How to use Swadeshi in a sentence
Following out the Swadeshi spirit, I observe the indigenous institutions and the village panchayats hold me.
After much thinking I have arrived at a definition of Swadeshi that, perhaps, best illustrates my meaning.
Hinduism has become a conservative religion and, therefore, a mighty force because of the Swadeshi spirit underlying it.
We have laboured under a terrible handicap owing to an almost fatal departure from the Swadeshi spirit.
British Dictionary definitions for Swadeshi
(in present-day India) produced within the country; not imported
(in British India) the encouragement of domestic production and boycott of foreign goods as part of the campaign for independence
Word Origin for Swadeshi
C20: from Bengali svadesī, from Sanskrit svadeśin, from sva one's own + deśa country
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