Definition of Jainism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjāˌnizəm/


A nontheistic religion founded in India in the 6th century bc by the Jina Vardhamana Mahavira as a reaction against the teachings of orthodox Brahmanism, and still practiced there. The Jain religion teaches salvation by perfection through successive lives, and noninjury to living creatures, and is noted for its ascetics. See also Svetambara and Digambara.
Example sentences
  • Like my religion of Jainism, Buddhism teaches this practice of patient restraint.
  • Jains celebrate the attaining of Moksha (Nirvana, or eternal bliss) by the founder of Jainism, Lord Mahavira.
  • Even today Jainism is practiced in many parts of India especially in the State of Gujarat and parts of Karnataka.



Example sentences
  • Buddhists, Jainists, and Hindus all place a great value on personal austerity and are concerned with the final escape from the cycle of birth and rebirth known as reincarnation.
  • The Jainists believe that all humans have an eternal soul (or ‘Jina’) that is capable of reaching spiritual Enlightenment or ‘Moksha’, by living a spiritual life that is strict and based principally around the virtue of respect for all living forms.
  • Jainists are famous for self denial. One group of monks, the Digambaras, does not wear clothes.

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Syllabification: Jain·ism

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