samskara

noun

sam·​ska·​ra
səmzˈkärə,
-mˈsk-
plural -s
1
: a purificatory Hindu ceremony
2
Hinduism & Buddhism : a mental conformation or latent karmic tendency shaping one's present life

Word History

Etymology

Sanskrit saṁskāra, literally, putting together, making perfect, purifying, from sam together + karoti he makes, does

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“Samskara.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/samskara. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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