noun aji·vi·ka \ä-ˈjē-və-kə\

Definition of ajivika



  1. :  a member of a nontheistic religious sect greatly resembling Jainism that was founded by the Indian teacher Maskarin Gosala, a contemporary of the Buddha and Mahavira, and that flourished from the 6th to the 3d centuries b.c. as a rival of Buddhism and Jainism

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Origin and Etymology of ajivika

Sanskrit ājīvika, literally, following special rules with regard to livelihood, from ājīva livelihood, from ājīvati he lives on, from ā toward + jīvati he lives, from jīva living — more at acharya, quick

First Known Use: 1888

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