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avidya

[uh-vid-yah] /əˈvɪd yɑ/
noun, Hinduism, Buddhism.
1.
ignorance of the identity of oneself with Brahman, resulting in imprisonment within the cycle of birth and death.
Compare vidya.
Origin
< Sanskrit avidyā ignorance, equivalent to a- a-6 + vidyā; see vidya
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