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 (mə-hät′mə, -hăt′-)
n. Hinduism
1. A person venerated for spirituality and high-mindedness.
2. Mahatma Used as a title of respect for such a person.

[Sanskrit mahātmā : mahā-, great; see meg- in Indo-European roots + ātmā, life, spirit.]


(məˈhɑːtmə; -ˈhæt-)
n (sometimes capital)
1. (Hinduism) Hinduism a Brahman sage
2. (Other Non-Christian Religions) theosophy an adept or sage
[C19: from Sanskrit mahātman, from mahā great + ātman soul]
maˈhatmaism n


(məˈhɑt mə, -ˈhæt-)

n., pl. -mas. (sometimes cap.)
1. a Brahman sage.
2. (esp. in India) a person who is held in the highest esteem for wisdom and saintliness.
[1850–55; < Skt mahātmā, from mahātman high-souled =mahā- great + ātman atman]


A Sanskrit wordmeaning “great of soul,”given as a title to Gandhi by his Hindu followers.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mahatma - (Hinduism) term of respect for a brahmin sagemahatma - (Hinduism) term of respect for a brahmin sage
Hindooism, Hinduism - a body of religious and philosophical beliefs and cultural practices native to India and based on a caste system; it is characterized by a belief in reincarnation, by a belief in a supreme being of many forms and natures, by the view that opposing theories are aspects of one eternal truth, and by a desire for liberation from earthly evils
sage - a mentor in spiritual and philosophical topics who is renowned for profound wisdom
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