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satyagraha Syllabification: sat·ya·gra·ha
Pronunciation: /səˈtyäɡrəhə/ /ˈsətyəˌɡrəhə/

Definition of satyagraha in English:


A policy of passive political resistance, especially that advocated by Mahatma Gandhi against British rule in India.
Example sentences
  • Mohandas K. Gandhi's movement of satyagraha, or non-violent passive resistance in the face of British oppression, formed the key to India's response to British colonization and gave shape to the drive for independence.
  • He unified opposition among the disparate Indian community to the passing of racially discriminatory laws and pioneered the techniques of satyagraha (non-violent resistance), which later were to make him famous.
  • Shanti owned a press, aptly called Motherland Press and, after a while, he began printing Quit India, a clandestine newspaper inciting people to carry out satyagraha against the British.


Sanskrit, from satya 'truth' + āgraha 'obstinacy'.

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