Definition of tamasic in English:

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Pronunciation: /təˈmasik/

Entry from US English dictionary


(In Ayurveda) denoting a class of foods that are dry, old, foul, or unpalatable, and are thought to promote pessimism, ignorance, laziness, criminal tendencies, and doubt. Compare rajasic, sattvic.
Example sentences
  • Please don't publish news promoting such tamasic food products as ‘Chicken Tikka Masala.’
  • The tamasic category includes meat and is attributed to a state of darkness, ignorance, lethargy and inactivity.
  • Although our Thai culture is one of meat eating, I try to promote vegetarianism among the youth, as I understand that meat is a tamasic food.

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Syllabification: ta·mas·ic

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