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An ascetic religion of India, founded in the sixth century bc, that teaches the immortality and transmigration of the soul and denies the existence of a supreme being.
(Other Non-Christian Religions) an ancient Hindu religion, which has its own scriptures and believes that the material world is eternal, progressing endlessly in a series of vast cycles
ˈJainist n, adj
Jain•ism(ˈdʒaɪ nɪz əm)
a dualistic religion founded in the 6th century B.C. as a revolt against current Hinduism and emphasizing asceticism and nonviolence toward all living creatures.
a dualistic, ascetic religion founded in the 6th century B.C. by a Hindu reformer as a revolt against the caste system and the vague world spirit of Hinduism. — Jain,n.,adj. — Jainist, n.See also: Religion
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|Noun||1.||Jainism - sect founded in the 6th century BC as a revolt against Hinduism|
Jainist - a believer in Jainism
|2.||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|
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"
ahimsa - a Buddhist and Hindu and especially Jainist doctrine holding that all forms of life are sacred and urging the avoidance of violence