Definition of karma in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːmə
, ˈkəːmə


[mass noun]
  • 1(In Hinduism and Buddhism) the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.
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    • They accept the religion's basic concepts of dharma, samsara, karma, and ahimsa.
    • Three important concepts within Hinduism are dharma, karma, and reincarnation.
    • In other words, he was preaching karma, samsara and moksha.
  • 1.1 informal Good or bad luck, viewed as resulting from one’s actions.
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    • Circumstance, I said, is a factor which some might call chance, fate, luck, serendipity, or karma.
    • Some people believe that visiting and making merit at nine temples in a single day will bring them luck and good karma.
    • It explains why some people seem to have permanent good luck; a magic touch which is often explained as karma.



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  • So perhaps there's some karmic thing going on here.
  • My karmic debt was that I abused my freedom in my last life.
  • In your individual life, however, you have infinite opportunity to act in concert with the karmic imperatives of your soul.


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  • To be honest, it makes me feel sad for the people who are coming up with it, because I think, karmically, it can't be very good for you.
  • Meat is already the most karmically / chemically toxic and environmentally wasteful food you can eat, let alone try to grow healthy, long-lived kids on.
  • Being unconscious of the custom's existence, her actions could be considered karmically neutral, as she lacked the intention to offend.


from Sanskrit karman 'action, effect, fate'.

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