acharya

noun achar·ya \ ä-ˈchär-yə \

Definition of acharya

plural -s
1 :a Hindu religious teacher :one versed in the sacred writings of the Hindus
2 :any illustrious or learned person in India

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Origin and Etymology of acharya

Sanskrit ācārya, literally, one who knows the rules, from ācāra custom, rule of conduct, from ācarati he approaches, proceeds, acts, from ā towards + carati he moves, goes; akin to Greek o- (in okellein to run aground), Avestan & Old Persian ā toward, Old English ō- back, behind, Old High German ā-, Old Slavic ja- (in jaskudĭ ugly)


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