plural -s
: the principle of individuation in Hinduism and Jainism
specifically : the activity of attributing objective existence to the ego on the basis of subjective consciousness

Word History


Sanskrit ahaṁkāra, from aham I + kāra act of making, from karoti he makes

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ahankara was in 1827

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“Ahankara.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ahankara. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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