from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. In India and Tibet, one of a class of persons venerated for great knowledge and love of humanity.
- n. Hinduism Used as a title of respect for a person renowned for spirituality and high-mindedness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An epithet granted in India and Tibet to people thought to have great knowledge and love of humanity
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of a class of sages, or “adepts,” reputed to have knowledge and powers of a higher order than those of ordinary men.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An adept in Brahmanism: a name recently applied by “theosophists” to certain imaginary beings, of preternatural powers, asserted to exist in or near India.
- n. An alleged adept in Brahmanism: a name applied by modern European and A merican theosophists to certain imaginary persons who have acquired, by ascetic or ‘astral’ means, preternatural powers, and are asserted to exist in or near India. The term so used is modern and is due to European manipulation. No beings so named and endowed have any ancient recognition in Indian literature.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Hinduism) term of respect for a brahmin sage
Sanskrit mahātmā : mahā-, great; see meg- in Indo-European roots + ātmā, life, spirit.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit, महात्मा (mahātman) महा (mahā) + आत्मन (ātman) meaning great spirit (Wiktionary)