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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Hinduism The religious practices and beliefs of ancient India as reflected in the Vedas.
  • n. Hinduism The social and religious system of orthodox Hindus, especially of the Brahmins, based on a caste structure and various forms of pantheism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The principles and religious practice of the Brahmins, aspects of Hinduism as practiced by the Brahmin caste of India.
  • proper n. Historical Vedic ritualism, contrasted with Shramana traditions.
  • proper n. The conduct or attitudes ascribed to the social or cultural elite within a given society.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The religion or system of doctrines of the Brahmans; the religion of Brahma.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The religion or system of doctrines of the Brahmans; the social system of ancient India, with the Brahmans as leading caste. Also Brahminism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the religious and social system of orthodox Hinduism
  • n. the religious beliefs of ancient India as prescribed in the sacred Vedas and Brahmanas and Upanishads

Etymologies

Built from brahmin, which is an anglicization of Sanskrit brāhmaṇa (or vernacular variants thereof). Introduced in 1816 as Brahmenism by George S. Faber (OED). Current spelling variants are Brahminism besides Brahmanism. (Wiktionary)

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