Mahatma meaning

mə-hätmə, -hăt-
A person venerated for spirituality and high-mindedness.
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Used as a title of respect for such a person.
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In India, any of a class of wise and holy persons held in special regard or reverence: Mohandas Gandhi was called Mahatma.
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An epithet granted in India and Tibet to people thought to have great knowledge and love of humanity.
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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

    From Wiktionary