[ dahr-muh, duhr- ]
/ ˈdɑr mə, ˈdʌr- /

noun Hinduism, Buddhism.

essential quality or character, as of the cosmos or one's own nature.
conformity to religious law, custom, duty, or one's own quality or character.
law, especially religious law.
the doctrine or teaching of the Buddha.

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Origin of dharma

1790–1800; < Sanskrit: custom, duty, akin to dhārayati holds, maintains
Pali dham·ma [duhm-uh] /ˈdʌm ə/.


dhar·mic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dharma

/ (ˈdɑːmə) /


Hinduism social custom regarded as a religious and moral duty
  1. the essential principle of the cosmos; natural law
  2. conduct that conforms with this
Buddhism ideal truth as set forth in the teaching of Buddha

Word Origin for dharma

Sanskrit: habit, usage, law, from dhārayati he holds
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