varnashrama

noun
var·​nash·​ra·​ma | \ ˌvərˈnäshrəmə \
plural -s

Definition of varnashrama

: the institution of caste

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History and Etymology for varnashrama

Sanskrit varṇāśrama, literally, caste and stage of life, from varṇa varna + āśrama ashrama

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“Varnashrama.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/varnashrama. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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