Definition of satyagraha in English:



mass noun
  • A policy of passive political resistance, especially that advocated by Mahatma Gandhi against British rule in India.

    • ‘He became a populist leader and satyagraha spread throughout India.’
    • ‘He unified opposition among the disparate Indian community to the passing of racially discriminatory laws and pioneered the techniques of satyagraha (non-violent resistance), which later were to make him famous.’
    • ‘Many felt that the serene Sannidhanam should not have been made the venue for its satyagraha.’
    • ‘Gandhiji and Sree Narayana Guru held talks at Sivagiri and the Mahatma himself offered satyagraha for several days.’
    • ‘For three weeks before the march, Rajaji undertook a quick tour of Tamil districts, apprising the people on the implication of the forthcoming salt satyagraha.’
    • ‘A counter petition was filed against the court case that followed stating that the satyagraha had been peaceful and that the inhabitants of the area were calling for just demands.’
    • ‘Shanti owned a press, aptly called Motherland Press and, after a while, he began printing Quit India, a clandestine newspaper inciting people to carry out satyagraha against the British.’
    • ‘India's movement for independence was marked by nonviolence as hundreds of thousands of Indians responded to Mahatma Gandhi's call for satyagraha, which means to be steadfast in truth.’
    • ‘From the fields I went off to the Bargarh satyagraha.’
    • ‘Mohandas K. Gandhi's movement of satyagraha, or non-violent passive resistance in the face of British oppression, formed the key to India's response to British colonization and gave shape to the drive for independence.’
    • ‘This is where Gandhi developed his concept of satyagraha, translated in the west as passive resistance that, in the end, influenced the whole of the colonial world.’
    • ‘His letter calling people to satyagraha electrified us.’
    • ‘Hardiman points out other limitations, such as Gandhi's patriarchal outlook that survived his daring call to women to join satyagraha.’
    • ‘Gandhi's satyagraha in India, where tens of thousands of villagers defied the British Raj's tax on sail by drying seawater in the 1940s, is another well-known example.’
    • ‘Dr. Krishnabai Nimbkar from Pune had wanted to go on a satyagraha in protest against the kind of politics which played one community against the other.’
    • ‘The year 1919 saw Mani Bhawan emerge as a centre of satyagraha.’
    • ‘If we do not get a satisfactory response from you by 15th September 2002, we shall be constrained to launch a nation-wide satyagraha.’
    • ‘Then in 1919, British plans to intern people suspected of sedition prompted him to announce a new satyagraha.’
    • ‘The main forms of mass struggle in the Valley have been non-violent direct actions - marches, satyagraha and civil disobedience.’
    • ‘Then, when Gandhi announced a fresh round of satyagraha in 1930, he chose Rajaji to be the first to break the salt laws in South India.’


Sanskrit, from satya ‘truth’ + āgraha ‘obstinacy’.