[ vi-dahn-tuh, -dan- ]
/ vɪˈdɑn tə, -ˈdæn- /


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 forms

Ve·dan·tic, adjectiveVe·dan·tism, nounVe·dan·tist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vedanta


/ (vɪˈdɑːntə, -ˈdæn-) /


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 Forms

Vedantic, adjectiveVedantism, nounVedantist, noun

Word Origin for Vedanta

C19: from Sanskrit, from Veda + ánta end
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