[ uh-him-sah, uh-hing- ]
/ əˈhɪm sɑ, əˈhɪŋ- /

noun Hinduism.

the principle of noninjury to living beings.

Origin of ahimsa

First recorded in 1830–35; from Sanskrit ahiṁsā “noninjury,” equivalent to a- privative suffix (cognate with Greek a- ) + hiṁsā injury, derivative of hánti “(he) slays,” Greek phónos “murder”; see origin at a-6
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British Dictionary definitions for ahimsa

/ (ɑːˈhɪmsɑː) /


(in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jainist philosophy) the law of reverence for, and nonviolence to, every form of life

Word Origin for ahimsa

Sanskrit, from a- 1 + himsā injury
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