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avidya

[uh-vid-yah]
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noun Hinduism, Buddhism.
  1. ignorance of the identity of oneself with Brahman, resulting in imprisonment within the cycle of birth and death.
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Origin of avidya

< Sanskrit avidyā ignorance, equivalent to a- a-6 + vidyā; see vidya
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