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mahatma

(məhăt`mə, –hät`–) [Sanskrit,=great-souled], honorific title used in India among Hindus for a person of superior holiness. Mohandas Gandhi is the best-known figure to whom the title was applied.
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mahatma

1. Hinduism a Brahman sage
2. Theosophy an adept or sage
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