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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.]
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(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
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(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]
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A Sanskrit wordmeaning “great of soul,”given as a title to Gandhi by his Hindu followers.
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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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here's a last flourish, Arya, from Kandor--that must surely be the Mahatma."
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Summary: New Delhi [India], Sept 5 (ANI): The Congress party will organise on a week-long programme to observe the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi starting with padyatras (foot marches) on October 2.
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Postage stamp to honor political and religious leader of India, Mahatma Gandhi has been issued in Azerbaijan, APA reports.
To commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, theme of the Indian pavilion at the Festival was the life and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi.
Mahatma Gandhi resting arms on shoulders of two disciples, one of whom carries brass bowl of holy water, glances sharply at cameraman January 1948.

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