plural -s
: the Buddhist cult of Amitabha that promises rebirth in paradise to its followers and emphasizes salvation by faith see pure land

Word History


Japanese Amida the Buddha Amitabha (from Chinese a4 -mi2 -t'o2 -fu2, from Sanskrit Amitābha, a Mahayana Buddha, worshipped as the Buddha of boundless light, life, and mercy, literally, of boundless light, from amita boundless, unmeasured—from a- a- entry 2 + mita measured— + ābhā light, from ā towards + -bhā, akin to bhāti it shines) + English -ism; akin to Sanskrit māti he measures

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Amidism was in 1916

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“Amidism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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