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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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Sat•ya•gra•ha(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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|Noun||1.||Satyagraha - the form of nonviolent resistance initiated in India by Mahatma Gandhi in order to oppose British rule and to hasten political reforms|
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