[ jahy-niz-uh m ]
/ ˈdʒaɪ nɪz əm /


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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British Dictionary definitions for jainism

/ (ˈdʒaɪˌnɪzəm) /


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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