noun Hinduism, Buddhism.

ignorance of the identity of oneself with Brahman, resulting in imprisonment within the cycle of birth and death.

Compare vidya.

Origin of avidya

< Sanskrit avidyā ignorance, equivalent to a- a-6 + vidyā; see vidya
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