[jahy-niz-uh m]
  1. a dualistic religion founded in the 6th century b.c. as a revolt against current Hinduism and emphasizing the perfectibility of human nature and liberation of the soul, especially through asceticism and nonviolence toward all living creatures.

Origin of Jainism

First recorded in 1855–60; Jain + -ism
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  1. an ancient Hindu religion, which has its own scriptures and believes that the material world is eternal, progressing endlessly in a series of vast cycles
Derived FormsJainist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for jainism



1858, from Jain + -ism. Jainist is attested from 1816.

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