Definition of ahimsa in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈhimˌsä/


(In the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain tradition) the principle of nonviolence toward all living things.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: a·him·sa

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