Theravada Definition

thĕrə-vädə
noun
A conservative branch of Buddhism that adheres to Pali scriptures and the nontheistic ideal of self-purification to nirvana and is dominant in Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia.
American Heritage
A major form of Hinayana Buddhism, which emphasizes asceticism, contemplation, and the monastic life.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
Theravada Buddhism

Other Word Forms of Theravada

Noun

Singular:
theravada
Plural:
theravadas

Origin of Theravada

  • Pali theravāda thera an elder (from Sanskrit sthaviraḥ old man) (from sthavira- old, venerable stā- in Indo-European roots) vāda doctrine (from Sanskrit vādaḥ statement, doctrine wed-2 in Indo-European roots)

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

Find Similar Words

Find similar words to theravada using the buttons below.

Words Starting With

Words Ending With

Unscrambles

theravada
Advertisement