karma

[ kahr-muh ]
/ ˈkɑr mə /

noun

Hinduism, Buddhism. action, seen as bringing upon oneself inevitable results, good or bad, either in this life or in a reincarnation: in Hinduism one of the means of reaching Brahman.Compare bhakti (def. 1), jnana.
Theosophy. the cosmic principle according to which each person is rewarded or punished in one incarnation according to that person's deeds in the previous incarnation.
the good or bad emanations felt to be generated by someone or something: Lets get out of here. This place has bad karma.

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Origin of karma

First recorded in 1820–30; from Sanskrit kárman- “act, deed”

OTHER WORDS FROM karma

karmic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for karma

karma
/ (ˈkɑːmə) /

noun

Hinduism Buddhism the principle of retributive justice determining a person's state of life and the state of his reincarnations as the effect of his past deeds
theosophy the doctrine of inevitable consequence
destiny or fate

Derived forms of karma

karmic, adjective

Word Origin for karma

C19: from Sanskrit: action, effect, from karoti he does
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