satori

[suh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]

Origin of satori

1720–30; < Japanese: noun derivative of v. “to awaken” (sato- aware + -r- formative affix)
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British Dictionary definitions for satori

satori

noun
  1. Zen Buddhism the state of sudden indescribable intuitive enlightenment

Word Origin for satori

from Japanese
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Word Origin and History for satori
n.

1727, from Japanese, said to mean literally "spiritual awakening."

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