noun Etymology: Hindi & Urdu dharnā, from Sanskrit dharaṇa{mudot} support, prop; akin to Latin firmus firm Date: 1747 a fast held at the door of an offender in India as an appeal for justice

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  • dharna — [dur′nə, där′nə] n. [Hindi dharnā, persistence, a holding firm: for IE base see DHARMA] in India, a method of seeking justice by sitting at the door of one s debtor or wrongdoer and fasting until justice is obtained …   English World dictionary

  • Dharna — for the village in Nepal see Dharna, Nepal A dharna (Hindi: धरना), is a fast undertaken at the door of an offender, especially a debtor, in India as a means of obtaining compliance with a demand for justice, such as payment of a debt. In India… …   Wikipedia

  • dharna — [ də:nə, α:] noun Indian a mode of compelling payment or compliance, by sitting at the debtor s or offender s door until the demand is complied with. ↘a peaceful demonstration. Origin from Hindi dharnā sitting in restraint, placing …   English new terms dictionary

  • dharna — /ˈdanə/ (say dahnuh) noun Indian English 1. the Hindu religious practice of lying flat on one s face in a temple for some period of time, waiting for guidance from the god. 2. the practice of sitting at someone s door to exact justice from them.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • dharna — /dahr neuh, dur /, n. (in India) the practice of exacting justice or compliance with a just demand by sitting and fasting at the doorstep of an offender until death or until the demand is granted. Also, dhurna. [1785 95; < Hindi: placing] * * * …   Universalium

  • dharna — noun A debt collector in India who sits on the doorstep of a debtor until the debt is paid …   Wiktionary

  • dharna —    (DAHR nah) [Hindi: placing; the act of sitting in restraint] In India, a way of exacting payment or compliance with a demand by sitting at the oppressor’s doorstep and fasting until death or until justice is done …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • dharna — dhar·na …   English syllables

  • dharna — dhar•na or dhur•na [[t]ˈdʌr nə[/t]] n. raj (in India) the traditional practice of demanding redress for an offense or payment of a debt by fasting at the doorstep of the offender or debtor • Etymology: 1785–95; < Hindi: placing …   From formal English to slang

  • dharna — A method of collecting a debt in which the person who is owed money sits on the debtors doorstep until payment is made, or the debtor starves to death …   Grandiloquent dictionary

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