Nirvana Definition

nîr-vänə, nər-
A state in which the mind, enlightened as to the illusory nature of the self, transcends all suffering and attains peace.
American Heritage
The state of perfect blessedness achieved by the extinction of individual existence and by the absorption of the soul into the supreme spirit, or by the extinction of all desires and passions.
Webster's New World
Any place or condition of great peace or bliss.
Webster's New World

(non-Buddhist colloquial usage) State of paradise; heightened or great pleasure.


Origin of Nirvana

  • Sanskrit nirvāṇam a blowing out, extinction, nirvana nis-, nir- out, away vāti it blows wē- in Indo-European roots

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

  • Sanskrit निर्वाण (nir-vāṇa, “blown or put out, extinguished")

    From Wiktionary

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