- (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.
Origin of nirvana
Related Words for nirvanaheaven, joy, peace, ecstasy, awakening, bliss, serenity, tranquillity, paradise, happiness
Examples from the Web for nirvana
Contemporary Examples of nirvana
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
November 14, 2014
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
November 3, 2014
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
August 26, 2014
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
August 21, 2014
The sultry chanteuse enraged the daughter of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain with comments she made about wanting to die young.Lana Del Rey’s Silly Death Wish and the Perils of Pop Artifice
June 24, 2014
Historical Examples of nirvana
And because the Buddha had reached heaven (Nirvana), it would be useless to pray to him.
This is Nirvana, the end to which we must all strive, the only end that there can be to the trouble of the world.
They are transient things, I yearn for the Immortal state, Nirvana.
Nirvana is attained when passions are Extinct and when the heart is blessed with peace.
Earnestness is the path of immortality (Nirvana), thoughtlessness the path of death.The Dhammapada
- 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
Word Origin for nirvana
1836, from Sanskrit nirvana-s "extinction, disappearance" (of the individual soul into the universal), literally "to blow out, a blowing out" ("not transitively, but as a fire ceases to draw;" a literal Latinization would be de-spiration), from nis-, nir- "out" + va- "to blow" (see wind (n.1)). Figurative sense of "perfect bliss" is from 1895.