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 (sŭn-yä′sē) or sann·ya·sin (-sĭn)
n. pl. sann·ya·sis or sann·ya·sins Hinduism
A wandering mendicant and ascetic.

[Hindi sannyāsī, from Sanskrit saṃnyāsī, from saṃnyasyati, he renounces : sam, together; see Sanskrit + ni, down + asyati, he throws.]
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(sʌnˈjɑːsɪ) or




(Hinduism) a Brahman who having attained the fourth and last stage of life as a beggar will not be reborn, but will instead be absorbed into the Universal Soul. Also called: renunciate
[from Hindi: abandoning, from Sanskrit samnyāsin]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sannyasi - a Hindu religious mendicant
Hindoo, Hindu - a person who adheres to Hinduism
beggar, mendicant - a pauper who lives by begging
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References in periodicals archive ?
Anandamath written by Bankim Chandra Chattopahyay in 1882 created a background for Sannyasi rebellion.
We are not this body, it is taught, and as a sannyasi prepares for death he must renounce all the earthly pleasures and pains that once were the reason for living.
He contended that the individual in Hindu society does not exist in the domain of the worldly householder (grhasta) who is enmeshed in nonindividuated caste society, but in the domain of the world renouncing sannyasi, whom he described as the "individual-outside-the-world" (275).
I love mixing my shopping with street-side steals like chappals from North main road near the Osho Ashram followed by a bite at Dario's, a home style Italian restaurant in Koregaon run by a sannyasi at the Osho Commune.
The author's main focus is on Shraddhananda's status as a socially and politically engaged sannyasi. She offers an interesting look at the renewed currency of this historical concept in the colonial context and provides a vivid example of how a traditional religious trope has been reconstituted in modern reform movements.
and impure eating habits make a sannyasi. Naked body is considered as the sign of an
The sannyasi (wise man) had reached the outskirts of the village and had settled down under a tree for the night when a villager came running up to him and said, "the stone!
A., "Sannyasi Trader-Soldiers," Indian Economic and Social History Review 8 (1971), p.
At the end of his autobiography, Singh is in conflict between re-entering the world, or becoming a sannyasi, a "renunciant" who abandons worldliness, an either/or that is a final apotheosis of Naipaul's Trinidad novels, either mimicking the ways of his Aryan ancestors and thereby reintegrating himself in a cultural tradition that will provide order as well as redemption from the "shipwrecks" of his life or turning to participate in the world again.