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mahatma Syllabification: ma·hat·ma
Pronunciation: /məˈhätmə/ /-ˈhatmə/

Definition of mahatma in English:


1(In South Asia) a person regarded with reverence or loving respect; a holy person or sage.
Example sentences
  • India is the birthplace of Hinduism as well as Buddhism, motherland of Sikhs and Jains, the abode of more rishis, sadhus, mahatmas, and maharishis than any place on earth.
  • There have been great saints and mahatmas in the past, who replied thus even to emperors and monarchs.
  • Those whose actions show them to be self-realized are often described as mahatmas or great selves.
1.1 (the Mahatma) Mahatma Gandhi.
1.2(In some forms of theosophy) a person in India or Tibet said to have supernatural powers.


From Sanskrit mahātman, from mahā 'great' + ātman 'soul'.

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