[vi-dahn-tuh, -dan-]


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 veda Veda + anta end
Related formsVe·dan·tic, adjectiveVe·dan·tism, nounVe·dan·tist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vedanta

Historical Examples of vedanta

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

  • 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

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


    Swami Abhedananda

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


    Swami Abhedananda

British Dictionary definitions for vedanta



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)
Derived FormsVedantic, adjectiveVedantism, nounVedantist, noun

Word Origin for Vedanta

C19: from Sanskrit, from Veda + ánta end
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