(often initial capital letter)Pali nibbana. Buddhism. freedom from the endless cycle of personal reincarnations, with their consequent suffering, as a result of the extinction of individual passion, hatred, and delusion: attained by the Arhat as his goal but postponed by the Bodhisattva.
(often initial capital letter)Hinduism. salvation through the union of Atman with Brahma; moksha.
a place or state characterized by freedom from or oblivion to pain, worry, and the external world.
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- nir·va·nic, adjective
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How to use nirvana in a sentence
I spent two more weeks trying to achieve the nirvana of balance I had been told awaited me, but it never happened.Shortening My Workdays Taught Me I Can’t Stop Working | jversteegh | February 7, 2022 | Outside Online
As for selling out, the concept officially began eating our brains shortly after the supernova of nirvana.Turnstile, the soaring hardcore band of the moment, has a reminiscent sound that pushes us forward in time | Chris Richards | September 29, 2021 | Washington Post
I’ve detailed what it takes to visit this overland nirvana before.
At a glance, iAd seemed like the mobile equivalent of nirvana.Pitch deck: How Apple approached advertisers its first ads business | Seb Joseph | April 28, 2021 | Digiday
The Seattle scene became famous and the major music labels began an obsessive search for the next nirvana.Thirty years ago, Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ rocked the Midwest | Dawson Barrett, Jonathan Wright | April 9, 2021 | Washington Post
When I was growing up they called Green Day and nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins “alternative pop.”The Rise of Jack Antonoff, the Taylor Swift Whisperer | Kevin Fallon | November 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A mixtape dubbed “Montage of Heck” has surfaced on the site Live nirvana!Kurt Cobain’s Moody 1988 Mixtape: A Wormhole into the Strange Mind of a Rock Legend | Marlow Stern | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Part of the short version was used as an intro to the nirvana single “Love Buzz,” and is referred to as “Buzz Cut.”Kurt Cobain’s Moody 1988 Mixtape: A Wormhole into the Strange Mind of a Rock Legend | Marlow Stern | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Gone were female-led and feminist-sympathetic bands like nirvana and the Beastie Boys.Beyoncé Is Our Indigo Girl: The Halcyon '90s and Feminism's Resurgence in Pop Music | Amanda Marcotte | August 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For Nicki Minaj, nirvana could only be reached when all of the world knew exactly what her butt looks like.Nicki Minaj’s Ass-tastic ‘Anaconda’ Video and the Curse of the Butt Career | Kevin Fallon | August 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The religion of Buddha is founded on a correct and virtuous life, as the only way to avoid sorrow and reach nirvana.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I | John Lord
John Smith was peculiar, but he was the best bass man this side of a musician's nirvana.The Holes and John Smith | Edward W. Ludwig
It would be a nirvana glorious only in the absence of sorrow, but still perhaps a happy ending for our race.The Inhumanity of Socialism | Edward F. Adams
It is asserted that Siddartha did not believe in a god, and that his nirvana was nothing more than absolute annihilation.Ancient Faiths And Modern | Thomas Inman
Health is the greatest of gifts, contentedness the best riches; trust is the best of relatives, nirvana the highest happiness.Ancient Faiths And Modern | Thomas Inman
British Dictionary definitions for nirvana
Buddhism Hinduism final release from the cycle of reincarnation attained by extinction of all desires and individual existence, culminating (in Buddhism) in absolute blessedness, or (in Hinduism) in absorption into Brahman
- nirvanic, adjective
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Cultural definitions for nirvana
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