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ahimsa

[ uh-him-sah, uh-hing- ]
/ əˈhɪm sɑ, əˈhɪŋ- /
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noun Hinduism.
the principle of noninjury to living beings.
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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

ahimsa
/ (ɑːˈhɪmsɑː) /

noun
(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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