noun, often capitalized
at·​man | \ ˈät-mən How to pronounce atman (audio) , -ˌmän \

Definition of atman

1 Hinduism : the innermost essence of each individual
2 Hinduism : the supreme universal self : brahma sense 2

First Known Use of atman

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for atman

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

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“Atman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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