from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A diverse body of religion, philosophy, and cultural practice native to and predominant in India, characterized by a belief in reincarnation and a supreme being of many forms and natures, by the view that opposing theories are aspects of one eternal truth, and by a desire for liberation from earthly evils.
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- n. A religion, philosophy and culture native to India, characterized by the belief in reincarnation and a supreme oneness personified in many forms and natures.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the dominant religion of India; characterized by a caste system anud belief in reincarnation.
- n. a complex of beliefs and values and customs including worship of many gods, especially the Trimurti composed of Brahma the Creator; Vishnu the preserver; and Shiva the destroyer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The religion professed by a large part of the inhabitants of India.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the religion of most people in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal
- n. a body of religious and philosophical beliefs and cultural practices native to India and based on a caste system; it is characterized by a belief in reincarnation, by a belief in a supreme being of many forms and natures, by the view that opposing theories are aspects of one eternal truth, and by a desire for liberation from earthly evils
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Parallel to that idea in Hinduism is there is also this idea that a person is supposed to perform different things in one or perhaps several lifetimes.
I look forward to the day when people like me can use the term Hinduism without fear of being misconstrued.
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