ahimsa

noun ahim·sa \ ə-ˈhim-ˌsä \

Definition of ahimsa

: the Hindu and Buddhist doctrine of refraining from harming any living being

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Ahimsa has been part of the English language since at least the late 19th century, but the word didn't gain the attention of the English-speaking world until the first half of the 20th century, when it was recognized as an important component of the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. Ahimsa comes from a Sanskrit word meaning "noninjury," and Gandhi's policy of nonviolent protest played a crucial role in the political and social changes that eventually led to India's independence from Britain in 1947.

Origin and Etymology of ahimsa

Sanskrit ahiṁsā noninjury


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