ta·​mas | \ ˈtəməs \
plural -es

Definition of tamas

: the inertia or dullness that constitutes one of the three gunas of Sankhya philosophy — compare rajas, sattva

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First Known Use of tamas

1860, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tamas

Sanskrit, darkness

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“Tamas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tamas. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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