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ahimsa

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

noun

, Hinduism.
  1. the principle of noninjury to living beings.


ahimsa

/ ɑːˈhɪmsɑː /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of ahimsa1

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”; a- 6

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Word History and Origins

Origin of ahimsa1

Sanskrit, from a- 1+ himsā injury

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Example Sentences

Ahimsa requires deliberate self-suffering, not a deliberate injuring of the supposed wrong-doer.

In its positive form, Ahimsa means the largest love, the greatest charity.

Ahimsa truly understood is in my humble opinion a panacea for all evils mundane and extra-mundane.

But Mr. Gandhi, with all his visionary idealism, was letting loose dangerous forces which recked naught of Ahimsa.

He hated no one, for that would be a negation of the great principle of Ahimsa, on which he expatiated with immense earnestness.

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