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Offensive Theravada Buddhism.

[Sanskrit Hīnayānam, lesser vehicle (as contrasted with Mahāyānam, greater vehicle; see Mahayana) : hīna-, inferior; see ghē- in Indo-European roots + yānam, vehicle, way; see ei- in Indo-European roots.]

Hi′na·ya′nist n.
Hi′na·ya·nis′tic (-yä-nĭs′tĭk) adj.
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a. any of various early forms of Buddhism
b. (as modifier): Hinayana Buddhism.
[from Sanskrit hīnayāna, from hīna lesser + yāna vehicle]
ˌHinaˈyanist n
ˌHinayaˈnistic adj
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(ˌhi nəˈyɑ nə)

[1865–70; < Skt, =hīna lesser, inferior + yāna vehicle]
Hi`na•ya′nist, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Hinayana - a major school of Buddhism teaching personal salvation through one's own efforts
Buddhism - a religion represented by the many groups (especially in Asia) that profess various forms of the Buddhist doctrine and that venerate Buddha
Hinayanist - an adherent of Hinayana Buddhism
2.Hinayana - an offensive name for the early conservative Theravada Buddhism; it died out in India but survived in Sri Lanka and was taken from there to other regions of southwestern Asia
Theravada, Theravada Buddhism - one of two great schools of Buddhist doctrine emphasizing personal salvation through your own efforts; a conservative form of Buddhism that adheres to Pali scriptures and the non-theistic ideal of self purification to nirvana; the dominant religion of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand and Laos and Cambodia
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