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Etymology

From Sanskrit आत्म‍ (Ātmā), wind, breath, soul), from Proto-Indo-European (compare Old English ǣþm (breath)).

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  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The soul; one's true self.
    • 2006, Karen Armstrong, The Great Transformation, Atlantic Books 2007, p. 84:
      The priests who were immersed in the ritual science of the Brahmanas began to speculate on the nature of the self, and gradually the word "atman" came to refer to the essential and eternal core of the human person, which made him or her unique.

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