samskara

noun
sam·​ska·​ra | \ səmzˈkärə, -mˈsk- \
plural -s

Definition of samskara

1 : a purificatory Hindu ceremony
2 Hinduism & Buddhism : a mental conformation or latent karmic tendency shaping one's present life

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History and Etymology for samskara

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 Jan. 2022.

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