at·​man ˈät-mən How to pronounce atman (audio)
often capitalized
Hinduism : the innermost essence of each individual
Hinduism : the supreme universal self : brahma sense 2

Examples of atman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hindus seek to reveal their atman, which is characterized by an innate state of awareness in which one witnesses the world but does not get embroiled in it. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 22 Sep. 2022

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Word History


Sanskrit ātman, literally, breath, soul; akin to Old English ǣthm breath

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of atman was in 1785

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“Atman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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