Dharna Definition

dûrnə
noun
A hunger strike in which an aggrieved person or party sits down and refuses to move from a place associated with the party believed to be the source of the grievance, especially the entrance to a building or the door of a residence.
American Heritage
In India, a method of seeking justice by sitting at the door of one's debtor or wrongdoer and fasting until justice is obtained.
Webster's New World

A debt collector in India who sits on the doorstep of a debtor until the debt is paid.

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Other Word Forms of Dharna

Noun

Singular:
dharna
Plural:
dharnas

Origin of Dharna

  • Hindi dharnā from Prakrit dharaṇa from Sanskrit dharaṇam act of supporting, stay dher- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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