Definition of ahimsa
: the Hindu and Buddhist doctrine of refraining from harming any living being
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The organizers say this year's theme is 'ahimsa' or non-violence.
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Did You Know?
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
First Known Use: 1875See Words from the same year
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