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A Jain, Buddhist, and Hindu doctrine expressing belief in the sacredness of all living creatures and urging the avoidance of harm and violence.

[Sanskrit ahiṁsā : a-, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + hiṁsā, injury (from hiṁsati, he injures).]


(Buddhism) (in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jainist philosophy) the law of reverence for, and nonviolence to, every form of life
[Sanskrit, from a-1 + himsā injury]


(əˈhɪm sɑ, əˈhɪŋ-)

the Hindu principle of noninjury to living beings.
[1870–75; < Skt]
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Noun1.ahimsa - a Buddhist and Hindu and especially Jainist doctrine holding that all forms of life are sacred and urging the avoidance of violence
Hindooism, Hinduism - a body of religious and philosophical beliefs and cultural practices native to India and based on a caste system; it is characterized by a belief in reincarnation, by a belief in a supreme being of many forms and natures, by the view that opposing theories are aspects of one eternal truth, and by a desire for liberation from earthly evils
Jainism - religion founded in the 6th century BC as a revolt against Hinduism; emphasizes asceticism and immortality and transmigration of the soul; denies existence of a perfect or supreme being
Buddhism - the teaching of Buddha that life is permeated with suffering caused by desire, that suffering ceases when desire ceases, and that enlightenment obtained through right conduct and wisdom and meditation releases one from desire and suffering and rebirth
church doctrine, religious doctrine, creed, gospel - the written body of teachings of a religious group that are generally accepted by that group
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