sam·​sa·​ra səm-ˈsär-ə How to pronounce samsara (audio)
: the indefinitely repeated cycles of birth, misery, and death caused by karma

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Buddhists believe in samsara, which means reborn after death. USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2020 Among their beliefs, Hindus believe in the doctrines of samsara, the continuous cycle of life, death and reincarnation, and karma, the universal law of cause and effect. Elaine Ingalls, The Mercury News, 30 July 2019 The gleaming white structure is an ode to Buddha's purity, as well as samsara—the cycle of birth, existence, and death—according to Atlas Obscura. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, 29 Mar. 2018

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Word History


Sanskrit saṁsāra, literally, passing through

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of samsara was in 1886

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“Samsara.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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