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twice-born

[ twahys-bawrn ]

adjective

  1. Hinduism. of or relating to members of the Indian castes of Brahmins, Kshatriyas, and Vaisyas, who undergo a spiritual rebirth and initiation in adolescence.
  2. having undergone reincarnation.
  3. denoting any moral or religious experience that brings about a major reorientation of a person's character or personality.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of twice-born1

1400–50, 1785–95 twice-born fordef 1; late Middle English: an epithet of Bacchus

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Example Sentences

O chief of the twice-born race, I wish to hear all about it in detail as it happened.

But their false etymology is important to us, because it shows that they believed the Dithyrambos was the twice-born.

The Shudras are the fourth caste that exists chiefly to serve the three twice-born castes, and above all the Brahman.

A comrade who knew more of her inner life than almost any other, lets in a sidelight upon her association with ‘Twice Born Men.’

It is from their participation in this rite that the three upper classes are called the twice-born.

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