ahan·​ka·​ra | \ ə-ˌhəŋ-ˈkär-ə\
plural -s

Definition of ahankara

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

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First Known Use of ahankara

1827, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ahankara

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

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a strong desire or propensity

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