dharna

noun
dhar·​na | \ ˈdər-nə How to pronounce dharna (audio) , ˈdär- How to pronounce dharna (audio) \

Definition of dharna

: a fast held at the door of an offender in India as an appeal for justice

First Known Use of dharna

1747, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dharna

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

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