nirvana

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noun, often capitalized nir·va·na \nir-ˈvä-nə, (ˌ)nər-\

Definition of nirvana

  1. 1 :  the final beatitude (see beatitude 1a) that transcends suffering, karma, and samsara and is sought especially in Buddhism through the extinction of desire and individual consciousness

  2. 2a :  a place or state of oblivion to care, pain, or external reality alcohol-induced nirvana; also :  bliss, heaven The resort is a skier's and snowboarder's nirvana.b :  a goal hoped for but apparently unattainable :  dream … that nirvana of the … weatherman: A foolproof system of forecasting. — Newsweek

nirvanic

play \nir-ˈvä-nik, -ˈva-, (ˌ)nər-\ adjective

Examples of nirvana in a sentence

  1. the spa experience was a week of pure nirvana

  2. the popular fantasy that life as a beachcomber in the South Pacific would be never-ending nirvana

Origin and Etymology of nirvana

Sanskrit nirvāṇa, literally, act of extinguishing, from nis- out + vāti it blows — more at wind


First Known Use: 1829

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NIRVANA Defined for English Language Learners

nirvana

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noun, often capitalized nir·va·na \nir-ˈvä-nə, (ˌ)nər-\

Definition of nirvana for English Language Learners

  • : the state of perfect happiness and peace in Buddhism where there is release from all forms of suffering

  • : a state or place of great happiness and peace



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