Hare Krishna


Ha·​re Krish·​na ˈhär-ē-ˈkrish-nə How to pronounce Hare Krishna (audio)
plural Hare Krishna or Hare Krishnas
: a member of a religious group dedicated to the worship of the Hindu god Krishna

Examples of Hare Krishna in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Allen Ginsberg chanted Hare Krishna on TV, making earnest eye contact with a visibly uncomfortable William F. Buckley, and again for an audience of Hells Angels at Ken Kesey’s house, famously documented in Tom Wolfe’s Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Ashley Stimpson, Longreads, 19 Feb. 2022 On Firing Line, the poet Allen Ginsberg chanted a Hare Krishna chant — long. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 7 Feb. 2023 It is hidden down a passageway in the Hare Krishna temple complex on a side street in Culver City. Adam Nagourney, New York Times, 29 Dec. 2022 The event included cultural activities, dance and drama performances, traditional Vedic chants of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, keynote speakers and a complimentary multi-course vegetarian dinner. Dallas News, 14 Sep. 2022 Street child turned Hare Krishna priest turned secret policeman turned lawyer, Prof. Wajackoyah is vowing to put the entire country on a four-day work schedule. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, 6 Aug. 2022 Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. Ashley Stimpson, Longreads, 19 Feb. 2022 Until this summer, photojournalist Carlos Bernate was only dimly aware of the Hare Krishna movement in his home country of Colombia. Washington Post, 3 Dec. 2021 The long, low structure, a former Hare Krishna center, was built on open land, but it is being walled in as Poland prospers and new buildings are constructed. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History


from Hare Krishna, phrase in a chant, from Hindi hare Kṛṣṇa O Krishna!

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hare Krishna was in 1969

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“Hare Krishna.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hare%20Krishna. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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