plural -s
sometimes capitalized
Hinduism : individual disharmony with the nature of things : nonconformity to one's worldly situation
opposed to dharma
Jainism : the uncreated and eternal substance that enables souls and matter to be inactive : the ontological principle of rest
adharma is compared to earth, on which creatures lie and standHeinrich Zimmer
compare dharma

Word History


Sanskrit, from a- a- entry 2 + dharma virtue

First Known Use

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of adharma was in 1790

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“Adharma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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