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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