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Muslim religious mendicant; Hindu ascetic; beggar; one who performs feats of magic
Not to be confused with:
faker – one who produces counterfeits; swindler; fraud
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 (fə-kîr′, fä-, fă-)
1. A Muslim religious mendicant.
2. A Hindu ascetic or religious mendicant, especially one who performs feats of magic or endurance.

[From Arabic faqīr, poor, from faqura, to be poor, be needy; see pqr in Semitic roots.]
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(fəˈkɪə; ˈfeɪkə) or




1. (Islam) a Muslim ascetic who rejects worldly possessions
2. (Hinduism) a Hindu ascetic mendicant or holy man
[C17: from Arabic faqīr poor]
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(fəˈkɪər, ˈfeɪ kər)

also fa•keer′,

1. a Muslim or Hindu religious ascetic or mendicant monk commonly considered a wonder-worker.
2. a member of any Islamic religious order.
[1600–10; < Arabic faqīr poor]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fakir - a Muslim or Hindu mendicant monk who is regarded as a holy manfakir - a Muslim or Hindu mendicant monk who is regarded as a holy man
Moslem, Muslim - a believer in or follower of Islam
dervish - an ascetic Muslim monk; a member of an order noted for devotional exercises involving bodily movements
holy man, holy person, saint, angel - person of exceptional holiness
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[ˈfɑːkɪəʳ] Nfaquir m
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nFakir m
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References in classic literature ?
Can you tell me how the Indian fakir can make himself to die and have been buried, and his grave sealed and corn sowed on it, and the corn reaped and be cut and sown and reaped and cut again, and then men come and take away the unbroken seal and that there lie the Indian fakir, not dead, but that rise up and walk amongst them as before?"
As they went they seemed to wake something, as one startles a bird, in the deeper corner between the study and the main building; and again they saw the white-robed fakir slide out of the shadow, and slip round towards the front door.
Atkinson was leaning against a tree with a listless face; Quinton's wife was still at her window; the doctor had gone strolling round the end of the conservatory; they could see his cigar like a will-o'-the-wisp; and the fakir still sat rigid and yet rocking, while the trees above him began to rock and almost to roar.
"I found him in the hands of a fakir, and took the liberty of running him just as he was sent over."
Now it was gone I felt as poor and naked as a fakir. I clung to my ship, for all the bother she caused me, but what I could not bear were the long lonely evenings in her cuddy, where the atmosphere, made smelly by a leaky lamp, was agitated by the snoring of the mate.
Magic is a great thing and scarcely any one knows anything about it except a few people in old books--and Mary a little, because she was born in India where there are fakirs. I believe Dickon knows some Magic, but perhaps he doesn't know he knows it.
If you keep calling it to come to you and help you it will get to be part of you and it will stay and do things." "I once heard an officer in India tell my mother that there were fakirs who said words over and over thousands of times," said Mary.
Fired by recollections of fakirs and devotees in illustrations Colin suggested that they should all sit cross-legged under the tree which made a canopy.
Mosques, minarets, temples, fakirs, pagodas, tigers, snakes, elephants!
I was prepared, I think, for shrouded priests or naked fakirs. But this seemed to say that the devilry was over all the earth.
Then there were holy men, ash-smeared fakirs by their brick shrines under the trees at the riverside, with whom he was quite familiar - greeting them as they returned from begging-tours, and, when no one was by, eating from the same dish.
"We have a complete office dedicated to off-plan sales and remote sales offices for our exclusive developments," said Al Fakir. "Providing sales and leasing services in different parts of the city is a major portion of income for us.