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1. also Brah·ma (-mə) Hinduism
a. The divine and absolute power of being that is the source and sustainer of the universe.
b. The divine universal consciousness pervading the universe and sustaining the souls of individual persons; Atman.
c. A religious formula or prayer and the holy or sacred power in it and in the officiating priest.
2. Variant of Brahmin..
3. also Brah·ma (-mə) or Brah·min (-mĭn) Any of a breed of beef cattle developed in the southern United States from stock originating in India and having a hump between the shoulders and a pendulous dewlap. They can tolerate heat and are often used for crossbreeding.
Variant of Brahmin.

[Sanskrit brahma, brahmaṇ-. Senses 2 and 3, from Sanskrit brāhmaṇa-, Brahmanic, from brahmā, brahmaṇ-, Brahman; see Brahma1.]

Brah·man′ic (-măn′ĭk), Brah·man′i·cal adj.


n, pl -mans
1. (Hinduism) (sometimes not capital) Also called (esp formerly): Brahmin a member of the highest or priestly caste in the Hindu caste system
2. (Hinduism) Hinduism the ultimate and impersonal divine reality of the universe, from which all being originates and to which it returns
3. (Hinduism) another name for Brahma1
[C14: from Sanskrit brāhmana, from brahman prayer]
Brahmanic, Brahˈmanical adj


(ˈbrɑ mən)

n., pl. -mans.
1. Also, Brahmin .a member of the highest, or priestly, class among the Hindus.Compare Kshatriya, Shudra, Vaisya.
2. Also, Brahma .(in Hinduism) the supreme being, the primal source and ultimate goal of all beings; atman.
3. any of several breeds of cattle developed from Indian stock.
[1475–85; < Skt brāhmaṇa (definition 1), brahman (definition 2)]
Brah•man′ic (-ˈmæn ɪk) Brah•man′i•cal, adj.


A priest or teacher.
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Noun1.brahman - a member of a social and cultural elite (especially a descendant of an old New England family); "a Boston brahman"
aristocrat, blue blood, patrician - a member of the aristocracy
2.brahman - a member of the highest of the four Hindu varnas; "originally all brahmans were priests"
brahman, brahmin - the highest of the four varnas: the priestly or sacerdotal category
Hindoo, Hindu, Hindustani - a native or inhabitant of Hindustan or India
smarta - one of a group of brahmans who uphold nonsectarian orthodoxy according to the Vedanta school of Hinduism
3.brahman - the highest of the four varnas: the priestly or sacerdotal category
varna - (Hinduism) the name for the original social division of Vedic people into four groups (which are subdivided into thousands of jatis)
brahman, brahmin - a member of the highest of the four Hindu varnas; "originally all brahmans were priests"
4.brahman - any of several breeds of Indian cattleBrahman - any of several breeds of Indian cattle; especially a large American heat and tick resistant greyish humped breed evolved in the Gulf States by interbreeding Indian cattle and now used chiefly for crossbreeding
Bos, genus Bos - wild and domestic cattle; in some classifications placed in the subfamily Bovinae or tribe Bovini
bovine - any of various members of the genus Bos
zebu - domesticated ox having a humped back and long horns and a large dewlap; used chiefly as a draft animal in India and east Asia


[ˈbrɑːmən] N (Brahmans (pl)) Brahmin [ˈbrɑːmɪn] N (Brahmin or Brahmins (pl)) → brahmán/ana m/f
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Dharmasastra certainly can be regarded as a "scholarly" exercise--"Hindu jurisprudence" (9)--and it was intended as propaganda for the Brahmanical cosmopolitan world order.
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