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sannyasi (sun-YA-see) or sannyasin (-sin) noun

A wandering mendicant and ascetic.

[Hindi sannyasi, from Sanskrit samnyasi, from samnyasyati, he renounces : sam, together, + ni, down + asyati, he throws.]

"Meanwhile her mother had died and her father had renounced life and became a sanyasi." Thiruchandran, Selvy, Ideology, Caste, Class and Gender [Part 12 of 35], Contemporary Women's Issues Database, 1 Jan 1997.

This week's theme: loanwords from Hindi and Sanskrit.

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The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them. -Henry David Thoreau


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