Ahimsa definition

ə-hĭmsä
The definition of ahimsa is a religious philosophy that all life, including animals, is sacred.

An example of ahimsa is being a vegetarian because of the importance of animals' lives.

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(buddhism, jainism, etc.) The doctrine that all life is one and sacred, resulting in the principle of nonviolence toward all living creatures.
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A doctrine of non-violence in Hinduism and Buddhism, concerned with the sacredness of all living things and an effort to avoid causing harm to them.
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A Jain, Buddhist, and Hindu doctrine expressing belief in the sacredness of all living creatures and urging the avoidance of harm and violence.
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Origin of ahimsa

  • Sanskrit ahiṁsā a- not ne in Indo-European roots hiṁsā injury (from hiṁsati he injures)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Sanskrit अहिंसा (ahiṃsā).

    From Wiktionary