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Sikh

[seek] /sik/
noun
1.
a member of a monotheistic religion, founded in the Punjab c1500 by the guru Nanak, that refuses to recognize the Hindu caste system or the Brahmanical priesthood and forbids magic, idolatry, and pilgrimages.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to the Sikhs or to Sikhism.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60; < Hindi
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  • For sikhs, altruism was made an act of faith by their founders.
  • However, in practice, many sikhs take preference in people from their caste.
  • This final act was to be the start of long lasting bitterness between sikhs and afghans.
  • sikhs consider the beard to be part of the nobility and dignity of their manhood.
British Dictionary definitions for sikhs

Sikh

/siːk/
noun
1.
a member of an Indian religion that separated from Hinduism and was founded in the 16th century, that teaches monotheism and that has the Granth as its chief religious document, rejecting the authority of the Vedas
adjective
2.
of or relating to the Sikhs or their religious beliefs and customs
Derived Forms
Sikhism, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Hindi, literally: disciple, from Sanskrit śiksati he studies
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Word Origin and History for sikhs

Sikh

n.

1781, member of a politico-religious community established c.1500 in Punjab by Nanak Shah, from Hindi sikh "disciple," from Sanskrit siksati "studies, learns," related to saknoti "he is able, he is strong" (see Shakti).

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