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[uh-him-sah, uh-hing-] /əˈhɪm sɑ, əˈhɪŋ-/
noun, Hinduism.
the principle of noninjury to living beings.
Origin of ahimsa
1870-75; < Sanskrit, equivalent to a- not, without (cognate with a-6) + hiṁsā injury, akin to hánti (he) slays, Greek phónos murder Unabridged
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  • ahimsa, the first yama, is a prescription not to harm others.
  • ahimsa, or nonviolence, maintained that all killing should be avoided to accrue spiritual merit.
  • ahimsa is a rule of conduct that bars the killing or injuring of living beings.
  • The texts declare that ahimsa should be extended to all forms of life.
British Dictionary definitions for ahimsa


(in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jainist philosophy) the law of reverence for, and nonviolence to, every form of life
Word Origin
Sanskrit, from a-1 + himsā injury
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Word Origin and History for ahimsa

1875, from Sanskrit ahimsa, from a "without" + himsa "injury."

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