mahatma

All Sources -
Updated Media sources (1) About encyclopedia.com content Print Topic Share Topic
views updated

mahatmaAlabama, clamour (US clamor), crammer, gamma, glamour (US glamor), gnamma, grammar, hammer, jammer, lamber, mamma, rammer, shammer, slammer, stammer, yammer •Padma • magma • drachma •Alma, halma, Palma •Cranmer • asthma • mahatma •miasma, plasma •jackhammer • sledgehammer •yellowhammer • windjammer •flimflammer • programmer •amah, armour (US armor), Atacama, Brahma, Bramah, charmer, cyclorama, dharma, diorama, disarmer, drama, embalmer, farmer, Kama, karma, lama, llama, Matsuyama, panorama, Parma, pranayama, Rama, Samar, Surinamer, Vasco da Gama, Yama, Yokohama •snake-charmer • docudrama •melodrama •contemner, dilemma, Emma, emmer, Jemma, lemma, maremma, stemma, tremor •Elmer, Selma, Thelma, Velma •Mesmer •claimer, defamer, framer, proclaimer, Shema, tamer

views updated

ma·hat·ma / məˈhätmə; -ˈhatmə/ • n. (in the Indian subcontinent) a person regarded with reverence or loving respect; a holy person or sage. ∎  (the Mahatma) Mahatma Gandhi. ∎  (in some forms of theosophy) a person in India or Tibet said to have supernatural powers. ORIGIN: from Sanskrit mahātman, from mahā ‘great’ + ātman ‘soul.’

views updated

Mahatma (Sanskrit, ‘Great Soul’) Person of special holiness. The term is used by Hindus, but has no specific place in organized Hindu religion. The most famous ‘Mahatma’ of modern times was Mohandas K. Gandhi.

views updated

mahatma in Buddhism, one possessing preternatural powers. XIX. — Skr. mahātman-, f. mahā- great + ātmán- soul.