Word Origin See more synonyms for dharma on Thesaurus.com 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. virtue. religion. law, especially religious law. the doctrine or teaching of the Buddha. Origin of dharma 1790–1800; < Sanskrit: custom, duty, akin to dhārayati holds, maintains
dham·ma [ duhm- uh] /ˈdʌm ə/
Related forms dhar·mic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dharmic Hinduism social custom regarded as a religious and moral duty Hinduism the essential principle of the cosmos; natural law conduct that conforms with this Buddhism ideal truth as set forth in the teaching of Buddha Word Origin
Sanskrit: habit, usage, law, from
dhārayati he holds
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Word Origin and History for dharmic dharma n.
1796, in secular sense, "caste custom, right behavior;" in Buddhism and Hinduism, "moral law," from Sanskrit, "law, right, justice," related to
dharayati "holds," and cognate with Latin firmus, all from PIE root *dher- (2) "to hold firmly, support" (see firm (adj.)).
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