• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fakirism religious mendicancy
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Imani attends to the crippled fakir Imani attends to the crippled fakir


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ar. faqîr, a poor man, fakr, faqr, poverty.


In literature:

What is it that is wrong with the music to go with the Fakir scene?
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
I have heard of magic rings used by East Indian fakirs and magicians.
"Frank Merriwell's Chums" by Burt L. Standish
If Hindu fakirs can do that, computers can!
"The Creature from Cleveland Depths" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
That night, as soon as it was dark, the mysterious Fakir again entered the cave he had examined a couple of nights previously.
"Adventures in Many Lands" by Various
They're all fakirs together.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
It was a foregone conclusion that they would consider him a fakir and a crook.
"The Man from the Bitter Roots" by Caroline Lockhart
Street fakirs traveled diligently up and down the lines selling college banners.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
I know what you are, Uncle Ike; you are a fakir.
"Peck's Uncle Ike and The Red Headed Boy 1899" by George W. Peck
This is a well-kept and cleanly Fakir village, which contrasts agreeably with the ruins and filth of Berber.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Can these Easterners, squatting on mats like fakirs in open-front stalls, judge the merits of a pearl?
"East of Suez" by Frederic Courtland Penfield
So the fakir hobbled away, and stood in the market-place to sell the cloth.
"The Olive Fairy Book" by Various
Next day again there came a fakir named Abhoc, who was on a pretended pilgrimage, but really on the look-out for what he might get.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2" by George Saintsbury
After the fakir had lived here a while I went to call upon him, and squatted down beside the tomb.
"India and the Indians" by Edward F. Elwin
And it is a very common thing to see Hindus pay their respects to Mohammedan fakirs.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
In America the corruption takes the form of a wad of dollar notes pushed into the fakir's hands in a dark corner.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker
An' now, damn you for a moldy hearted, slimy souled fakir, stand up an' say yo're my equal!
"A Man to His Mate" by J. Allan Dunn
And native jewellery, and fakirism, and all that.
"A Bed of Roses" by W. L. George
There, too, was the fakir, crying his swindling schemes in a strident voice.
"The Man from Jericho" by Edwin Carlile Litsey
He would harken to a heathen fakir as readily as to a disciple of God.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
At every point of vantage beggars and fakirs were as thick as flies.
"Seven Legs Across the Seas" by Samuel Murray

In poetry:

Heaven visits man with days of sadness,
Embitters oft his nights with tears;
Blest is the Fakir who with gladness
Views Mecca in declining years.
"The Bakchesarian Fountain" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
The desert's hair-grown hermit sunk
The saner brute below;
The naked Santon, hashish-drunk,
The cloister madness of the monk,
The fakir's torture-show!
"The Brewing Of Soma" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

She's 34, a graceful serpent-wielding dancer dubbed "the Mother Fakir".
Abdul Fakir, left, Levi Stubbs , Lawrence Payton and Renaldo Benson in the year of one of their biggest hits, Reach Out I'll Be There.

In science:

Fakir ([77, 78], and references therein) has suggested to use astrometry to detect periodic variations in apparent angular separations of appropriate light sources, caused by gravitational waves emitted by isolated sources of gravitational radiation.
General Relativistic Theory of Light Propagation in the Field of Radiative Gravitational Multipoles
Fakir, Creation of Universes with Nonminimal Coupling (Ph.D. thesis, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 1989.) R.
General relativistic cosmology with no beginning of time
This demonstration is an ideal magic demonstration since it is traditionally performed by magicians and fakirs.
Physics Magic
On the other hand, as Makino and Sasaki and Fakir, Habib and Unruh have proved, the amplitude of scalar perturbation in the Jordan frame exactly coincides with that in the Einstein frame.
Non-Minimal Inflation after WMAP3