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1. Hinduism & Buddhism
a. The totality of a person's actions and conduct during successive incarnations, regarded as causally influencing his or her destiny.
b. The law or principle through which such influence is believed to operate.
2. Fate or destiny resulting from one's previous actions: "[The pitcher] had mostly avoided damage through the first four innings despite putting at least two runners on base three times, but he could not hold back the bad karma any longer" (Ben Shpigel).
3. Informal A distinctive aura, atmosphere, or feeling: There's bad karma around the house today.
[Sanskrit, deed, action that has consequences, karma; see kwer- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
kar′mic (-mĭk) adj.
1. (Hinduism) Hinduism Buddhism the principle of retributive justice determining a person's state of life and the state of his or her reincarnations as the effect of past deeds
2. (Theology) theosophy the doctrine of inevitable consequence
3. destiny or fate
[C19: from Sanskrit: action, effect, from karoti he does]
1. (in Hinduism and Buddhism) action seen as bringing upon oneself inevitable results, either in this life or in a reincarnation.
2. (in Theosophy) the cosmic principle of rewards and punishments for the acts performed in a previous incarnation.
3. the good or bad emanations felt to be generated by someone or something.
[1820–30; < Skt]
Literally “action,” this means the moral law of cause and effect governing the future. Bad actions lead to rebirth in the lower orders of being. Good behavior leads to rebirth in the higher orders.
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|Noun||1.||karma - (Hinduism and Buddhism) the effects of a person's actions that determine his destiny in his next incarnation|
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
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