dhar·​na ˈdər-nə How to pronounce dharna (audio) ˈdär- How to pronounce dharna (audio)
: a fast held at the door of an offender in India as an appeal for justice

Word History


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

First Known Use

1747, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dharna was in 1747

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“Dharna.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dharna. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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