Rishi Definition

rĭshē, rēshē
rishis
noun
In Hinduism, a divinely inspired poet or sage, sometimes regarded as a saint.
American Heritage

A Vedic poet and seer who composed Rigvedic hymns, who alone or with others invokes the deities with poetry of a sacred character.

Wiktionary

(post-Vedic) A Hindu sage or saint occupying the same position in India history as the patriarchs of other countries, constituting a peculiar class of beings in the early mythical system, as distinct from Asuras, Devas and mortal men.

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Other Word Forms of Rishi

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Singular:
rishi
Plural:
rishis

Origin of Rishi

  • From Sanskrit ऋषि (ṛ́ṣi), of Common Indo-Iranian source (cognate with Avestan 𐬆𐬭𐬆𐬴𐬌𐬴 (ǝrǝšiÅ¡, “seer")), probably formed from verbal root √ṛṣ (“to flow, pour").

    From Wiktionary

  • Sanskrit ṛṭiḥ ers- in Indo-European roots

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

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