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[mah-huh-ree-shee, muh-hahr-uh-] /mɑ həˈri ʃi, məˈhɑr ə-/
noun, Hinduism.
a teacher of spiritual and mystical knowledge; religious sage: often used as an honorary title.
any of the seven great mythological seers of the Vedic and post-Vedic writings: identified with the seven stars of Ursa Major.
< Sanskrit maharṣi, equivalent to maha- great + -rṣi, combining form of ṛṣi saint
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/ˌmɑːhɑːˈriːʃɪ; məˈhɑːriːʃɪ/
(Hinduism) a Hindu teacher of religious and mystical knowledge
Word Origin
from Hindi, from mahā great + rishi sage, saint
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Word Origin and History for maharishi

Hindu sage or holy man, 1785, from Sanskrit, from maha "great," from PIE root *meg- "great" (see magnate) + rishi "inspired sage." In general use, a title for a popular spiritual leader.

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