Definition of ahimsa in English:


Syllabification: a·him·sa
Pronunciation: /əˈhimˌsä


  • (In the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain tradition) the principle of nonviolence toward all living things.
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    • Since Hindu religion teaches us ahimsa - noninjury - this principle should be equally applied to every human being and animal.
    • He is just one of the hundreds of spokesmen and women spreading the Hindu ideal of ahimsa, noninjury to others, whether by thought, word or deed.
    • How do Buddhist ethical teachings like ahimsa affect its approach to contemporary moral dilemmas such as abortion?


Sanskrit, from a 'non-, without' + hiṃsā 'violence'.

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