[boo-diz-uh m, boo d-iz-]
  1. a religion, originated in India by Buddha (Gautama) and later spreading to China, Burma, Japan, Tibet, and parts of southeast Asia, holding that life is full of suffering caused by desire and that the way to end this suffering is through enlightenment that enables one to halt the endless sequence of births and deaths to which one is otherwise subject.

Origin of Buddhism

Related formsBud·dhist, noun, adjectiveBud·dhis·tic, Bud·dhis·ti·cal, adjectiveBud·dhis·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon-Bud·dhist, noun, adjectivenon-Bud·dhis·tic, adjectivepre-Bud·dhist, adjectivepro-Bud·dhist, noun, adjectivepseu·do-Bud·dhist, adjective, noun
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  • At this epoch, Buddhism had taken deep root in this country.

  • Buddhism, therefore, is not a power which makes actively for civilisation.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

  • That is one of the most wonderful points of Buddhism, it is all in accordance; there are no exceptions.

  • And consider that in Buddhism all this is absolutely wanting.

  • Buddhism is a creed of life, of conduct; death is the end of that life, that is all.

British Dictionary definitions for buddhism


  1. a religious teaching propagated by the Buddha and his followers, which declares that by destroying greed, hatred, and delusion, which are the causes of all suffering, man can attain perfect enlightenmentSee nirvana
Derived FormsBuddhist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for buddhism



1801, from Buddha + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

buddhism in Culture


[(booh-diz-uhm, bood-iz-uhm)]

A religion, founded by the Buddha, that emphasizes physical and spiritual discipline as a means of liberation from the physical world. The goal for the Buddhist is to attain nirvana, a state of complete peace in which one is free from the distractions of desire and self-consciousness. Buddhists are found in the greatest numbers in eastern Asia.

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