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Definition of "fakir" []

  • A Muslim religious mendicant. (noun)
  • A Hindu ascetic or religious mendicant, especially one who performs feats of magic or endurance. (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 "fakir" in a sentence
  • "He could read the fellow thoroughly, and knew him to be what is commonly called a fakir, pure and simple."
  • "Mark Liberman of Language Log has an enjoyably discursive post on the use and misuse of the word fakir, properly 'a Muslim religious mendicant' (it's from Arabic faqi:r 'poor') but with an extended meaning 'Hindu ascetic or religious mendicant, especially one who performs feats of magic or endurance' (in the words of the AHD definition); when I asked my wife what image she associated with the word, she said "a guy lying on a bed of nails," which fits the second sense exactly and I think would be the most common answer if you took a poll."
  • "Jesus Christ is called a fakir-that is one expression."