Satyagraha

Satyagraha

[suht-yuh-gruh-huh, suht-yah-gruh-]
noun (sometimes lowercase)
(in India) the policy of passive resistance inaugurated by Mohandas Gandhi in 1919 as a method of gaining political and social reforms.

Origin:
1915–20; < Hindi, equivalent to Sanskrit satya truth + āgraha strong attachment, persistence

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satyagraha (ˈsɔːtjɑːɡrɔːhɑː)
 
n
1.  the policy of nonviolent resistance adopted by Mahatma Gandhi from about 1919 to oppose British rule in India
2.  any movement of nonviolent resistance
 
[via Hindi from Sanskrit, literally: insistence on truth, from satya truth + agraha fervour]

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satyagraha
Indian form of passive resistance, 1920, in writings of M.K. Gandhi, from Skt. satyagraha "insistence on truth," from satya "truth" + agraha "pertinacity."
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