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 (sə-tyä′grə-hə, sŭt′yə-grŭ′hə)
The policy of nonviolent resistance developed by Mahatma Gandhi as a means of pressing for political reform in South Africa and India.

[Sanskrit satyāgrahaḥ : satyam, truth (from sat-, sant-, existing, true; see es- in Indo-European roots) + āgrahaḥ, determination, insistence (ā-, to + grahaḥ, act of seizing, from gṛhṇāti, he seizes; see ghrebh- in Indo-European roots).]
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1. (Historical Terms) the policy of nonviolent resistance adopted by Mahatma Gandhi from about 1919 to oppose British rule in India
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) any movement of nonviolent resistance
[via Hindi from Sanskrit, literally: insistence on truth, from satya truth + agraha fervour]
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(ˈsʌt yəˌgrʌ hə, sətˈyɑ grə-)

n. (sometimes l.c.)
the policy of passive resistance adopted in India by Mohandas Gandhi in 1919.
[1915–20; < Hindi, = Skt satya truth + āgraha persistence]
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Noun1.Satyagraha - the form of nonviolent resistance initiated in India by Mahatma Gandhi in order to oppose British rule and to hasten political reforms
nonviolence, nonviolent resistance, passive resistance - peaceful resistance to a government by fasting or refusing to cooperate
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His principles of non-violence, civil-disobedience and satyagraha inspired leaders in Africa in their struggle for the decolonisation of their countries.
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Gandhi has called his mode of resistance 'satyagraha,' derived from two Sanskrit words: 'satya' which means 'truth' and 'agraha' which means 'firm grasping.' Satyagraha thus means holding firmly to the truth or adherence to the truth.