nirvana

noun, often capitalized nir·va·na \ nir-ˈvä-nə , (ˌ)nər- \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of nirvana

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 a : 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.
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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

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Origin and Etymology of nirvana

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

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NIRVANA Defined for English Language Learners

nirvana

noun

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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