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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. born-again(def 1).
  4. denoting any moral or religious experience that brings about a major reorientation of a person's character or personality.
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Origin of twice-born

1400–50, 1785–95 for def 1; late Middle English: an epithet of Bacchus
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Examples from the Web for twice-born

Historical Examples

  • If the monarch find a treasure, he shall give half of it to the twice-born.

    Hindu Law and Judicature

    Yjnavalkya

  • But these were not twice-born people, like the famous Court Cards.

  • For the sake of one twice-born man you must not disregard all of us.

  • Why, they did it even to the twice-born Brahmans, let alone a Jat.

    Strange Stories

    Grant Allen

  • Marriage is also prohibited between a twice-born man and a woman who is of the same gotra, or primitive stock.