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[vi-dahn-tuh, -dan-]
  1. the chief Hindu philosophy, dealing mainly with the Upanishadic doctrine of the identity of Brahman and Atman, that reached its highest development a.d. c800 through the philosopher Shankara.Compare Advaita, dvaita(def 2).
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Origin of Vedanta

< Sanskrit, equivalent to veda Veda + anta end
Related formsVe·dan·tic, adjectiveVe·dan·tism, nounVe·dan·tist, noun
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Examples from the Web for vedanta

Historical Examples

  • On the other hand, the Vedanta is uncompromisingly monistic.

    India, Its Life and Thought

    John P. Jones

  • This Vyasa was the writer of the Vedanta philosophy, a holy man.

    A California Girl

    Edward Eldridge

  • It is true that the Vedanta is simpler than most other theories.

    Glimpses of Bengal

    Sir Rabindranath Tagore

  • They are stored up, pigeon-holed there, in the Chitta, as it is called in Vedanta.


    Swami Abhedananda

  • According to Vedanta, the end and aim of Evolution is the attainment of perfection.


    Swami Abhedananda

British Dictionary definitions for vedanta


  1. one of the six main philosophical schools of Hinduism, expounding the monism regarded as implicit in the Veda in accordance with the doctrines of the Upanishads. It teaches that only Brahman has reality, while the whole phenomenal world is the outcome of illusion (maya)
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Derived FormsVedantic, adjectiveVedantism, nounVedantist, noun

Word Origin

C19: from Sanskrit, from Veda + ánta end
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