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[tuhm-uh s]
noun Hinduism.
  1. See under guna.
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Origin of tamas

< Sanskrit: darkness
Related formsta·mas·ic [tuh-mas-ik] /təˈmæs ɪk/, adjective


[goo n-uh]
  1. (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).
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Origin of guna

First recorded in 1860–65, guna is from the Sanskrit word guṇa thread, quality
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Examples from the Web for tamas

Historical Examples

  • Son Tamas, I greet you also; you have done your mission well.

    Benita, An African Romance

    H. Rider Haggard

  • The widow loaded the guns, while Tamas sat quietly in an arm-chair.

  • He was the only son of the majoresco, Tamas Bardy, and resembled him much in form and feature.

  • And, taking down two good rifles from over his bed, he hastened to his elder brother Tamas's apartments.

  • "We shall lose," replied Tamas coldly, and without the slightest change of countenance.