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1. also Brah·man (-mən) A member of the highest of the four major castes of traditional Indian society, responsible for officiating at religious rites and studying and teaching the Vedas.
2. A member of a cultural and social elite, especially of that formed by descendants of old New England families: a Boston Brahmin.
3. Variant of Brahman..
also Brahman (-mən) Of or relating to the caste of Brahmins.

[Probably alteration of Sanskrit brāhmaṇaḥ, from brāhmaṇa-, brahminic; see Brahman.]

Brah·min′ic (-mĭn′ĭk), Brah·min′i·cal adj.
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n, pl -min or -mins
1. (Hinduism) the older spelling of Brahman1
2. (in the US) a highly intelligent or socially exclusive person, esp a member of one of the older New England families
3. an intellectual or social snob
Brahˈminic, Brahˈminical adj
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(ˈbrɑ mɪn)

2. (esp. in New England) a person from an upper–class family, esp. a family with considerable social and political power.
3. an intellectually or socially aloof person.
[1475–85; variant of Brahman]
Brah•min′ic, Brah•min′i•cal, adj.
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A member of a class with high social and cultural standing, especially a member of one of the older New England families.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brahmin - 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.brahmin - 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.brahmin - 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.Brahmin - any of several breeds of Indian cattleBrahmin - 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
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[ˈbrɑːmɪn] Brahman [ˈbrɑːmən] nbrahmane m
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Brahman [ˈbrɑːmən] nbrahmano, bramino
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While attacking the Congress president for showing off his caste and origin, Adityanath said: "Rahul Gandhi's maternal grandfather (Jawaharlal Nehru) used to say that I'm accidentally Hindu and now, Rahul Gandhi is showing his 'Brahaminical thread' to prove that he is a Sanatani Hindu." He also criticised former prime minister Manmohan Singh for saying during his tenure that "Muslims have the first right on the sources of this country".
Reacting to the statement, Porchezhiya Anbarasan a human rights activist from Karnataka said, "It is important for the nation to know what exactly the agenda of the RSS, which is to maintain brahaminical hegemony for supremacy, however this dilutes the mysticism surrounding the Brahmin, and it is also a risk to the current economic order." He also added that they needed to find alternative ways to stay supreme.