from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An ascetic religion of India, founded in the sixth century B.C., that teaches the immortality and transmigration of the soul and denies the existence of a perfect or supreme being.
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- proper n. A religion and philosophy, with a focus on nonviolence and personal effort to progress the soul towards divine consciousness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The heterodox Hindu religion, founded in the 6th century as a revolt against Hinduism; its most striking features are the exaltation of saints or holy mortals, called jins, above the ordinary Hindu gods, and the denial of a supreme being and of the divine origin and infallibility of the Vedas. Also, the sect comprising those adhering to Jainism. Jainism believes in immortality and the transmigration of the soul. It is intermediate between Brahmanism and Buddhism, having some things in common with each.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The religious system of the Jains.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. religion founded in the 6th century BC as a revolt against Hinduism; emphasizes asceticism and immortality and transmigration of the soul; denies existence of a perfect or supreme being
- n. sect founded in the 6th century BC as a revolt against Hinduism
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