Sudra

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sudra the lowest of the four varnas: the servants and workers of low status
    • n Sudra a member of the lowest or worker Hindu caste
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sudra The lowest of the four great castes among the Hindoos. See Caste.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Sudra The lowest of the four principal castes into which Hindu society was anciently divided, composed of the non-Aryan aborigines of India, reduced to subjection or servitude by their Aryan conquerors.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sudra sū′dra a member of the fourth and lowest of the Hindu castes.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Skr. çūdra,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Hind.,—Sans. çūdra.

Usage

In literature:

The Sudra appealed to me, so did the countless devotees and victims.
"Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ" by Lew Wallace
Non-Aryan aborigines and others were possibly developing into the caste of Sudras.
"Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1" by Andrew Lang
Officiating as priest in the house of a low caste Sudra.
"Modern India" by William Eleroy Curtis
Neither mendicancy, nor the life of a Sudra is what is proper for thee.
"Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1" by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
A Sudra should always wait upon and serve the other three orders.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 4" by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
And, O son, the Brahmanas in that age also abstain from prayers and meditation while the Sudras betake themselves to these!
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
These were of the upper grade; and all the once-born were called Sudras.
"Across India" by Oliver Optic
It pronounces severe penalties against all intermingling of the superior castes between themselves, and especially with the caste of the Sudras.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1" by Various
He is said to have been a Sudra and his name seems un-Indian.
"Hinduism And Buddhism, Volume II. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
Issue begotten after eating a Sudra's food is of the Sudra caste.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India--Volume I (of IV)" by R.V. Russell
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In poetry:

Aloof, dissatisfied, plotting revolt,
Comrade of criminals, brother of slaves,
Crafty, despised, a drudge, ignorant,
With sudra face and worn brow, black, but in the depths of my heart,
proud as any;
"Chanting The Square Deific" by Walt Whitman