ashram

[ahsh-ruhm]
noun
1.
a secluded building, often the residence of a guru, used for religious retreat or instruction in Hinduism.
2.
the persons instructed there.
Also, asrama.


Origin:
1915–20; < Sanskrit āśrama

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ashram (ˈæʃrəm, ˈɑːʃ-)
 
n
1.  a religious retreat or community where a Hindu holy man lives
2.  a house that provides accommodation for destitute people
 
[from Sanskrit āśrama, from ā- near + śrama religious exertion]

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ashram
"religious hermitage," 1917, from Skt. asramah, from a-, adnomial prefix, + sramah "effort, toll, fatigue."
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Example sentences
At his ashram all residents performed traditionally unclean chores.
But he did not sleep with his patients, nor found a lucrative ashram.
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