brahmin

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Brahmin any of several breeds of Indian cattle; especially a large American heat and tick resistant greyish humped breed evolved in the Gulf States by interbreeding Indian cattle and now used chiefly for crossbreeding
    • n brahmin the highest of the four varnas: the priestly or sacerdotal category
    • n brahmin a member of the highest of the four Hindu varnas "originally all brahmans were priests"
    • n brahmin a member of a social and cultural elite (especially a descendant of an old New England family) "a Boston brahman"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Brahmin a person from an old, respected, and usually wealthy family who has considerable social or political influence; -- a term used especially in New England; as, a Boston brahmin .
    • Brahmin A person of the highest or sacerdotal caste among the Hindus.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Brahmin etc. See Brahman, Brahmanic, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Brahmin brä′min a person of the highest or priestly caste among the Hindus
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Skr. Brāhmana,cf. Brahman, worship, holiness; the God Brahma, also Brahman): cf. F. Brahmane, Brachmane, Bramine, L. Brachmanae, -manes, -mani, pl., Gr. , pl
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Brahma, the supreme post-Vedic Hindu deity.

Usage

In literature:

THE WISDOM OF THE BRAHMIN.
"Margaret Fuller (Marchesa Ossoli)" by Julia Ward Howe
Gama was introduced to him by a venerable old man, the chief brahmin.
"The Lusiad" by Luís de Camões
Would the Brahmin Head of Benares be allowed to approach HER MAJESTY in similar way?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 93, July 9, 1887." by Various
Brahmins, their doctrines, 4.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
The Brahmins have 886 sub-castes.
"The Call of the World" by W. E. Doughty
Some members of a Brahminical Society visited New Orleans about this time.
"Lafcadio Hearn" by Nina H. Kennard
There was no reply, and the cowardly Brahmins slunk away.
"Reminiscences of the Great Mutiny 1857-59" by William Forbes-Mitchell
Her mother-in-law, too, was pleased at the prospect of profiting their Brahmin guest by her kindness.
"Stories from Tagore" by Rabindranath Tagore
The Hindoos must be in a low degree of civilization, and sunk in a deadly superstition, or they would tolerate no Brahmins.
"How to Observe" by Harriet Martineau
The Sikh, the Brahmin, the Pathan, were the born aristocrats of the mob.
"The Great Mogul" by Louis Tracy
The two sexes bathe together, while the most rigid of the devotees walk to the bath escorted by two Brahmins.
"Heathen Mythology" by Various
You English embrace fortune as a Brahmin his birthright.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
Kumarajiva, who would change all this, was born in Kucha to an Indian father of the Brahmin caste and a mother of noble blood.
"The Zen Experience" by Thomas Hoover
A Brahmin, leaving home, left his daughter in charge of an ichneumon, which he had long cherished.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 4" by Various
The chief Brahmin led on through the narrow way, preceded by the lamp-bearers.
"Draw Swords!" by George Manville Fenn
The Brahmins were the first who gave a history of my adventures.
"Voltaire's Romances" by François-Marie Arouet
Such is the history of the angels among the ancient Brahmins, which, after the lapse of about fifty centuries, they still continue to teach.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
The soul of a Brahmin takes up its abode in the body of an elephant, the soul of an ass is that of a little Brahmin.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 2 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
They resembled the Gymnosophists and Brahmins of India.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 3 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
All this is very recent, and of yesterday, in comparison with the ancient Brahmins.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 9 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
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In poetry:

The Brahmin from his distant home
Brings thoughts of ancient lore;
The Bhuddist breaking bonds of caste
Divides mankind no more.
"The Present Age" by Frances Ellen Watkins
They reckon ill who leave me out;
When me they fly, I am the wings;
I am the doubter and the doubt,
And I the hymn the Brahmin sings.
"Brahma" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
"He dared not mock the Dervish whirl,
The Brahmin's rite, the Lama's spell;
God knew the heart; Devotion's pearl
Might sanctify the shell.
"My Namesake" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Dysent'ry touched him in June, after the Chota Bursat —
Lowered his portly person — made him yearn to depart.
He didn't call me a "Brahmin," or "bloated," or "overpaid,"
But seemed to think it a wonder that any one stayed.
"Pagett, M.P." by Rudyard Kipling
March came in with the koil. Pagett was cool and gay,
Called me a "bloated Brahmin," talked of my "princely pay."
March went out with the roses. "Where is your heat?" said he.
"Coming," said I to Pagett, "Skittles!" said Pagett, M.P.
"Pagett, M.P." by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Edmund 'Ned' Cabot, Boston Brahmin scion and avid yachtsman, drowns off Newfoundland.
MEAT FOR THE MASSES Despite its moniker, the Brahmin 's tasty small plates — like these deliciously simple meatballs — cater to more proletariat tastes.
Brahmins did not dine in bare brick rooms (you can look this up).
And the food, past a few classic cocktails, is like nothing the Brahmins ate.
In India's Tamil Nadu state, a lawsuit by upper- caste Brahmins has kept lower- caste Dalits from taking up jobs as priests, the tradition domain of Brahmins.
The Brahmin – a member of the caste at the top of Hinduism's vast hierarchy – had always had friends from lower castes .
Policemen stand behind barbed wire as Nepal's Brahmins and Chhetri society members hold a demonstration near the Constitution Assembly building in Katmandu, Nepal, Sunday, May 27, 2012.
The managers in a bicycle factory in India may indeed have all been Brahmins and the cleaners may have been low caste.
This sense of time disturbs the novel's protagonist, a young Brahmin landlord called Jagannatha.
Infertile Indian couples demand high-caste 'Brahmin' sperm.
As in vitro fertilization (IVF) grows in India, doctors say caste-conscious couples are increasingly demanding "Brahmin" sperm.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of America's most celebrated poets and philosophers, was born to a Boston Brahmin family on May 25, 1803, just 28 years after the clashes in Lexington and Concord.
Bloggers, too, have begun to weigh the pontiff 's legacy, and Brahmin blogger Glenn Reynolds rounds up a collection of positive assessments.
Once upon a time, there lived a Brahmin in a village on the outskirts of a jungle.
Edmund 'Ned' Cabot, Boston Brahmin scion and avid yachtsman , drowns off Newfoundland.
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In science:

Both the kings and Brahmins can take over the property of the sinners and those kings and Brahmins will never give birth to PWDs (Chapter IX Laws of Manu, sloka 247) . So it was believed that those who enjoyed the properties of sinners will give birth to children with disability.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
If in a Brahmin there was a mentally retarded one he was considered to be better than other 4 castes and dalits (Chapter IX Laws of Manu, sloka 317) .
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
The Laws of Manu were the ancient laws but followed even today by certain upper castes (Brahmins).
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
Further the Laws of Manu had been written by the Brahmins to see they enjoyed the maximum benefit of the land where they came into as nomads.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
At Ramanujan’s funeral on April 26, 1920, most of his orthodox Brahmin relatives stayed away, since Ramanujan was tainted in their eyes, having crossed the waters on his sea voyage to England in April 1914.
And free lunch for all...
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