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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a place of religious retreat modeled after the Indian ashram
2: (India) a place of religious retreat for Hindus

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Sanskrit ??rama, from ?rama religious exercise Date: 1917 1. a secluded dwelling of a Hindu sage; also the group of disciples instructed there 2. a religious retreat

Britannica Concise

In Hinduism, any of the four stages of life through which a "twice-born" (see upanayana) Hindu ideally will pass. These stages are: the student, who is devoted and obedient to his teacher; the householder, who supports his family and the priests and fulfills duties to the gods and ancestors; the hermit, who withdraws from society to pursue ascetic and yogic practices; and the homeless mendicant, who renounces all possessions and wanders from place to place begging for food. In English the word has come to mean a place for the pursuit of spiritual or religious disciplines, often under a guru.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. Ind. a place of religious retreat for Hindus; a hermitage. Etymology: Skr. ashrama hermitage

Moby Thesaurus

adytum, body, caste, cell, clan, class, cloister, colony, commonwealth, commune, community, den, economic class, endogamous group, extended family, family, gens, hermitage, hideaway, hideout, hiding place, holy of holies, ivory tower, kinship group, lair, mew, moiety, nuclear family, order, phratria, phratry, phyle, privacy, recess, retreat, sanctum, sanctum sanctorum, secret place, settlement, social class, society, subcaste, totem



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