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noun Buddhism.
  1. the cycle of birth, growth, decay, and death through which every living thing must pass.
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Origin of anicca

< Pali < Sanskrit anitya not everlasting, equivalent to a- a-6 + nitya eternal
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British Dictionary definitions for anicca


  1. (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
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Word Origin

Pali, literally: impermanence
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