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Words borrowed from Sanskrit

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swami

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Swami Vivekananda
Photo: Thomas Harrison, 1893

 SWAMI

PRONUNCIATION:
(SWAM-ee) http://wordsmith.org/words/swami.mp3

 

MEANING:
noun:
1. A religious teacher, mystic, or yogi.
2. A learned man: pundit.

 

ETYMOLOGY:
From Hindi swami (master), from Sanskrit swami (master, lord). Ultimately from the Indo-European root s(w)e- (third person reflexive pronoun), which also gave us self, sibling, suicide, secret, sober, sullen, idiot, and Irish Sinn Fein (literally, We Ourselves). Earliest documented use: 1773.

See usage examples of swami in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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