Definition of mahatma in English:

mahatma

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Pronunciation: /məˈhatmə
 
, məˈhɑː-/

noun

  • 1(In South Asia) a revered person regarded with love and respect; a holy person or sage.
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    • 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(In some forms of theosophy) a person in India or Tibet said to have preternatural powers.

Origin

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

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