American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A believer or follower of Jainism.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A member of a non-Brahminical sect in India, the doctrinal system of which corresponds in many essential points with Buddhism. The sect seems, according to their own scriptures, to have originated with one Pārswanātha about 700 b. c., but became fully established about 200 years later under Vardhamāna (or Jnātaputra, in Pāli Nātaputta), one of six noted false teachers (according to Buddhistic writings) contemporary with Gautama, the Buddha. The Jains are divided into two classes or parties, the Swetambaras, or ‘white-robed ones,’ and the Digambaras, or ‘sky-clad (or naked) ones’. The Jains deny the divine origin and infallible authority of the Vedas. They believe in the eternity of the universe both of matter and of mind, and hold that time proceeds in two eternally recurring cycles of immense duration, defying all human calculation—the “ascending” cycle, in which the age and stature of men increase, and the “descending” cycle, in which they decrease. Their moral code agrees with that of the Buddhists, and consists of five prohibitions against killing, lying, stealing, adultery, and worldly-mindedness, and of five duties, viz.: mercy to animated beings, almsgiving, veneration for the sages while living and the worship of their images when deceased, confession of faults, and religious fasting. The Jains are found in various parts of India, but especially on the west coast, and are remarkable for their wealth and inflnence.
- Of or pertaining to the Jains or to their creed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One of a numerous sect in British India, holding the tenets of Jainism.
- adj. of or pertaining to Jainism.
- adj. relating to or characteristic of Jainism
- Hindi jaina, from Sanskrit jaina-, relating to the saints, from jinaḥ, saint, victor, from jayati, he conquers. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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