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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.]


(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]
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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In India, Hindu sannyasis (priests) wear saffron-coloured robes.
But the masses read Gandhi's shaved head, barely clad, and emaciated body as a sign of his saintliness drawing associations with the many Hindu sannyasis, Muslim fakirs, and Sufi pirs who wore the loincloth.
The monks, sadhus, and sannyasis of different temple based religious institutions in the country under the leadership of Dr Mahanambrata Brahmacharee (1904-1999), a ashramite monk, a philosopher devoted his life for the service of men and preached morality, humanity, devotion and love, initiated an organization like Sant Mahamandal in 1974 but could not progress.
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We stayed in Hindu guest houses, visited Hindu temples, attended their rituals, and met Hindu sannyasis.
3) Indeed, a movement is currently afoot, led by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in alliance with some state functionaries of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and supported by locally based Hindu sannyasis, to evict all foreign Buddhists from Bodh Gaya and to restrict access to the complex by Indian Buddhists.