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noun dhar·na \ˈdər-nə, ˈdär-\

Definition of dharna

  1. :  a fast held at the door of an offender in India as an appeal for justice

Origin and Etymology of dharna

Hindi & Urdu dharnā, from Sanskrit dharaṇaṃ support, prop; akin to Latin firmus firm

First Known Use: 1747

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