ma·hat·ma (mə-hätmə, -hăt-)
1. A person venerated for spirituality and high-mindedness.
2. Mahatma Used as a title of respect for such a person.
[Sanskrit mahātmā : mahā-, great; see meg- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + ātmā, life, spirit.]
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