- Hinduism, Buddhism. action, seen as bringing upon oneself inevitable results, good or bad, either in this life or in a reincarnation: in Hinduism one of the means of reaching Brahman.Compare bhakti(def 1), jnana.
- Theosophy. the cosmic principle according to which each person is rewarded or punished in one incarnation according to that person's deeds in the previous incarnation.
- fate; destiny.
- the good or bad emanations felt to be generated by someone or something: Lets get out of here. This place has bad karma.
Origin of karma
Examples from the Web for karmic
Let's call it the Karmic Information Trade-Off, or, alternatively, the Best Thai Restaurant in Bozeman Trade-Off.Big Brother Is Watching, and People Don't Care
June 11, 2013
That felt fair, karmic, a small step toward evening up the score.On Being the Other Woman in an Affair
February 14, 2012
Astraea is the starry Lady of the Scales, a sort of karmic, astral Venus who weighs one's deeds.The Stars Predict Your Week
Starsky + Cox
October 9, 2011
If Saraswati was a god in the eyes of his followers, then the threat of karmic retribution was his thunderbolt.
To ignore him was to ignore God and risk a knock back down to the bottom of the karmic ladder.
I am thinking also of you, and of the Karmic consequences of this Act.
Though you have not reached my own karmic height, you may Aspire.
He saw that he must have completed one of those vast Karmic cycles.
All too plainly Breede's Karmic future promised little of interest.
So fate went on weaving its web, and the karmic links of anterior lives reached out, binding our destiny.Edgar Saltus: The Man
- Hinduism Buddhism the principle of retributive justice determining a person's state of life and the state of his reincarnations as the effect of his past deeds
- theosophy the doctrine of inevitable consequence
- destiny or fate
Word Origin and History for karmic
1827, in Buddhism, the sum of a person's actions in one life, which determine his form in the next; from Sanskrit karma "action, work, deed; fate," related to krnoti, Avestan kerenaoiti "makes," Old Persian kunautiy "he makes;" from PIE root *kwer- "to make, form," related to the second element in Sanskrit.