anicca

[ uh-nik-uh ]
/ əˈnɪk ə /

noun Buddhism.

the cycle of birth, growth, decay, and death through which every living thing must pass.

Nearby words

  1. anhydrous,
  2. ani,
  3. aniakchak,
  4. aniakchak crater,
  5. anianiau,
  6. anicetus,
  7. aniconic,
  8. aniconism,
  9. anicteric virus hepatitis,
  10. anigh


Origin of anicca

< Pali < Sanskrit anitya not everlasting, equivalent to a- a-6 + nitya eternal

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British Dictionary definitions for anicca

anicca

/ (ˈænikə) /

noun

(in Theravada Buddhism) the belief that all things, including the self, are impermanent and constantly changing: the first of the three basic characteristics of existenceCompare anata, dukkha

Word Origin for anicca

Pali, literally: impermanence

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