[ 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).

Origin of Vedanta

<Sanskrit, equivalent to vedaVeda + anta end

Other words from Vedanta

  • Ve·dan·tic, adjective
  • Ve·dan·tism, noun
  • Ve·dan·tist, noun

Words Nearby Vedanta Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Vedanta in a sentence

  • The whole pantheism of the Vedanta is contained in the symbol of the bisexual deity Ardhanari.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan | Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
  • This would be contrary to justice, disproportionate, to use an expression of Vedanta philosophy.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan | Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
  • Vedanta points out that God is the only Reality; all creation or separate existence is maya or illusion.

    Autobiography of a YOGI | Paramhansa Yogananda
  • To these belong, first, the "Vedanta," (end of the Veda) or the dogmatic-apologetic exposition of the Veda.

    A Comparative View of Religions | Johannes Henricus Scholten
  • They are without much difficulty reducible to three leading schools of thought—the Nyaya, the Sankhya, and the Vedanta.

    Two Old Faiths | J. Murray Mitchell and William Muir

British Dictionary definitions for Vedanta


/ (vɪˈdɑːntə, -ˈdæn-) /

  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)

Origin of Vedanta

C19: from Sanskrit, from Veda + ánta end

Derived forms of Vedanta

  • Vedantic, adjective
  • Vedantism, noun
  • Vedantist, noun

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