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rajas

[ruhj-uh s] /ˈrʌdʒ əs/
noun, Hinduism.
1.
See under guna.
Origin
< Sanskrit
Related forms
rajasic
[ruh-jas-ik] /rəˈdʒæs ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective

guna

[goo n-uh] /ˈgʊn ə/
noun
1.
(in Sankhya and Vedantic philosophy) one of the three qualities of prakriti, or nature, which are passion (rajas) dullness or inertia (tamas) and goodness or purity (sattva)
Origin
1860-65; < Sanskrit guṇa thread, quality

rajah

[rah-juh] /ˈrɑ dʒə/
noun
1.
a king or prince in India.
2.
a minor chief or dignitary.
3.
an honorary title conferred on Hindus in India.
4.
a title of rulers, princes, or chiefs in Java, Borneo, etc.
Also, raja.
Origin
1545-55; < Hindi rājā < Sanskrit rājan; cognate with Latin rēx king
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British Dictionary definitions for rajas

rajah

/ˈrɑːdʒə/
noun
1.
(in India, formerly) a ruler or landlord: sometimes used as a form of address or as a title preceding a name
2.
a Malayan or Javanese prince or chieftain
Word Origin
C16: from Hindi rājā, from Sanskrit rājan king; see raj; compare Latin rex king
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Contemporary definitions for rajas
noun

a state of activity and restlessness, one of the three gunas (qualities of nature) in Hindu philosophy

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Word Origin and History for rajas

rajah

n.

also raja, "king or prince in India," 1550s, from Hindi, from Sanskrit rajan "king," related to raj "kingdom, kingship," rajati "he rules," and cognate with Latin rex, Old Irish rig "king" (see regal). Related: Rajput, "member of the ruling caste in northern India" (1590s), from Sanskrit rajaputrah "prince," literally "king's son," from putrah "son, boy" (cf. puerile).

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