Jainism

[ jahy-niz-uh m ]
/ ˈdʒaɪ nɪz əm /

noun

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.

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Origin of Jainism

First recorded in 1855–60; Jain + -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for jainism

Jainism
/ (ˈdʒaɪˌnɪzəm) /

noun

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 forms of Jainism

Jainist, noun, adjective
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