karma

noun
kar·​ma | \ ˈkär-mə How to pronounce karma (audio) also ˈkər- \

Definition of karma

1 often capitalized : the force generated by a person's actions held in Hinduism and Buddhism to perpetuate transmigration and in its ethical consequences to determine the nature of the person's next existence Each individual is born with karma, the residual from past lives that must be resolved …— Diane Goldner broadly : such a force considered as affecting the events of one's life Claude says, "You reap what you sow." I call this idea karma, that what goes around comes around. — Anthony Walton I figured I needed all the good karma I could get if I was serious about winning Noah's heart. — Robin Palmer
2 : a characteristic emanation, aura, or spirit that infuses or vitalizes someone or something … he wrote a book entitled Maverick in which he talked about his drug use and his teammates' karma— Sam Smith Graffiti on the walls of trains or subway stations create bad karma.— Ed Koch

Other Words from karma

karmic \ ˈkär-​mik How to pronounce karma (audio) also  ˈkər-​ \ adjective

Examples of karma in a Sentence

She believes that helping people produces good karma. as the site of a string of failed businesses, the building definitely had bad karma
Recent Examples on the Web When a small-town con artist joins the local mafia with his manipulative brother, his obsession with balancing his karma gets hilariously brutal. Travis Bean, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 Saul Goodman certainly has plenty of bad karma to go around. Erik Kain, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 When a small-town con artist joins the local mafia with his manipulative brother, his obsession with balancing his karma gets hilariously brutal. Travis Bean, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 When a small-town con artist joins the local mafia with his manipulative brother, his obsession with balancing his karma gets hilariously brutal. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 31 July 2022 Burna Boy makes deeply soulful songs that brim with a karma-clearing vivacity. Will Dukes, Rolling Stone, 8 July 2022 This wasn’t a car accident or risky behavior or karma for any of the abhorrent things teen boys do. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 16 May 2022 Maybe Butler used up all of its karma in 2010 and 2011 runs to NCAA championship games. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Feb. 2022 The Rams went 1-2 in the regular season when wearing those white jerseys, which wouldn’t seem to bring good karma. Luca Evans, Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of karma

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for karma

Sanskrit karma fate, work

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Last Updated

24 Sep 2022

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“Karma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/karma. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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