noun kar·ma \ˈkär-mə also ˈkər-\

: the force created by a person's actions that is believed in Hinduism and Buddhism to determine what that person's next life will be like

: the force created by a person's actions that some people believe causes good or bad things to happen to that person

Full Definition of KARMA

often capitalized :  the force generated by a person's actions held in Hinduism and Buddhism to perpetuate transmigration and in its ethical consequences to determine the nature of the person's next existence
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kar·mic \-mik\ adjective

Examples of KARMA

  1. She believes that helping people produces good karma.
  2. <as the site of a string of failed businesses, the building definitely had bad karma>

Origin of KARMA

Sanskrit karma fate, work
First Known Use: 1827

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms

Zen, antinomian, avatar, gnosticism, illuminati, ineffable, koan, mantra

Rhymes with KARMA


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