noun, sometimes capitalized
adhar·​ma | \ ¦ə-ˈdər-mə \
plural -s

Definition of adharma

1 Hinduism : individual disharmony with the nature of things : nonconformity to one's worldly situation opposed to dharma
2 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 stand— Heinrich Zimmer — compare dharma

First Known Use of adharma

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for adharma

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

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“Adharma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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