from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Hinduism & Buddhism The eternal cycle of birth, suffering, death, and rebirth.
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- n. In Hinduism, Buddhism, and some other eastern religions, the ongoing cycle of birth, death, and rebirth endured by human beings and all other mortal beings, and from which release is obtained by achieving the highest enlightenment.
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- n. (Hinduism and Buddhism) the endless cycle of birth and suffering and death and rebirth
Sanskrit saṃsāraḥ, course of life, samsara : sam, together; see sem-1 in Indo-European roots + sarati, it flows.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit संसार (saṃ-sāra). (Wiktionary)