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nirvana

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noun nir·va·na \nir-ˈvä-nə, (ˌ)nər-\

Simple Definition of nirvana

  • : the state of perfect happiness and peace in Buddhism where there is release from all forms of suffering

  • : a state or place of great happiness and peace

Full Definition of nirvana

  1. 1 :  the final beatitude that transcends suffering, karma, and samsara and is sought especially in Buddhism through the extinction of desire and individual consciousness

  2. 2 a :  a place or state of oblivion to care, pain, or external reality; also :  bliss, heaven b :  a goal hoped for but apparently unattainable :  dream

nir·van·ic play \-ˈvä-nik, -ˈva-\ adjective

Examples of nirvana

  1. <the spa experience was a week of pure nirvana>

  2. <the popular fantasy that life as a beachcomber in the South Pacific would be never-ending nirvana>



Origin of nirvana

Sanskrit nirvāṇa, literally, act of extinguishing, from nis- out + vāti it blows — more at wind


First Known Use: 1801

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