In India, any of a class of wise and holy persons held in special regard or reverence: Mohandas Gandhi was called Mahatma.
Webster's New World
A person venerated for spirituality and high-mindedness.
Used as a title of respect for such a person.
Other Word Forms of Mahatma
Origin of Mahatma
Sanskrit mahātmā mahā- great meg- in Indo-European roots ātmā life, spirit
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Sanskrit, महात्मा (mahātman) महा (mahā) + आत्मन (ātman) meaning great spirit
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