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  • n. Technical term in Hinduism used to classify philosophical schools and persons, according to whether they accept the authority of the Vedas as supreme revealed scriptures, or not.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Hindu religion or philosophy, an atheist; one who denies the authority of the Vedas.


From Sanskrit नास्तिक (nāstika, "atheistical, infidel"), negating the meaning of आस्तिक (āstika, "orthodox, believing, pious, faithful"). (Wiktionary)


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