in India, any of a class of wise and holy persons held in special regard or reverence: Mohandas Gandhi was called Mahatma
Origin of mahatmaSanskrit mah?tman from mah?, great (see magni-) + ?tman, atman
- A person venerated for spirituality and high-mindedness.
- Mahatma Used as a title of respect for such a person.
Origin of mahatmaSanskrit mahātmā mahā- great ; see meg- in Indo-European roots. ātmā life, spirit
- Used (capitalised) as a title for such a person
From Sanskrit, à¤®à¤¹à¤¾à¤¤à¥à¤®à¤¾ (mahÄtman) à¤®à¤¹à¤¾ (mahÄ) + à¤†à¤¤à¥à¤®à¤¨ (Ätman) meaning great spirit