[uh-him-sah, uh-hing-]

noun Hinduism.

the principle of noninjury to living beings.

Origin of ahimsa

1870–75; < Sanskrit, equivalent to a- not, without (cognate with a-6) + hiṁsā injury, akin to hánti (he) slays, Greek phónos murder
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(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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Word Origin and History for ahimsa

1875, from Sanskrit ahimsa, from a "without" + himsa "injury."

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