Karma definition

kärmə
Fate or destiny resulting from one's previous actions.
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(loosely) Fate; destiny.
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The definition of karma is the destiny that you earn through your actions and behavior.

When you behave kindly, this is an example of a situation where you earn good karma that will result in good things happening to you in the future.

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A force or law of nature which causes one to reap what one sows; destiny; fate.
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(buddhism, hinduism) The totality of a person's actions in any one of the successive states of that person's existence, thought of as determining the fate of the next stage.
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(Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism) The sum total of a person's actions, which determine the person's next incarnation in samsara, the cycle of death and rebirth.
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(informal) A distinctive aura, atmosphere, or feeling.

There's bad karma around the house today.

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The law or principle through which such influence is believed to operate.
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(uncommon) A distinctive feeling, aura, or atmosphere.
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The totality of a person's actions and conduct during successive incarnations, regarded as causally influencing his or her destiny.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
karma
Plural:
karmas

Origin of karma

  • Sanskrit deed, action that has consequences, karma kwer- in Indo-European roots

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

  • Loan from Sanskrit कर्मन् (kárman, “act, action, performance”), first attested in English in 1827.

    From Wiktionary