Definition of smriti in US English:



  • A Hindu religious text containing traditional teachings on religion, such as the Mahabharata.

    • ‘Neither shastras nor smritis suggest that there exists an immutable, universal moral doctrine.’
    • ‘There are different views among Hindus about which scriptures are shruti and which fall into the other important category of sacred literature, smriti, that which is remembered or handed down.’
    • ‘The Dharma Shastras are smritis, written by men who had vested interests and enforced as laws.’
    • ‘Smarta means a follower of classical smriti, particularly the Dharma Shastras, Puranas and Itihasas.’
    • ‘‘JUSTICE, being destroyed,’ Manu wrote in his famous smriti, ‘will destroy; being preserved, it will preserve; therefore, it must never be violated.’’


From Sanskrit smṛti ‘remembrance’.