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Definition of "mahatma" [ma•hat•ma]

  • In India and Tibet, one of a class of persons venerated for great knowledge and love of humanity. (noun)
  • Hinduism Used as a title of respect for a person renowned for spirituality and high-mindedness. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "mahatma" in a sentence
  • "Certain subjects, like Gandhi, who is often referred to as mahatma, or great soul, are particularly guarded."
  • "Behold the "mahatma" that supported the British in World War"
  • "Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the mahatma — Sanskrit for “great soul” — was a Gujarati, born in Porbandar, on the Arabian Sea, in 1869."