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dharma

[dahr-muh, duhr-] /ˈdɑr mə, ˈdʌr-/
noun, Hinduism, Buddhism.
1.
essential quality or character, as of the cosmos or one's own nature.
2.
conformity to religious law, custom, duty, or one's own quality or character.
3.
4.
5.
law, especially religious law.
6.
the doctrine or teaching of the Buddha.
Pali dhamma
[duhm-uh] /ˈdʌm ə/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of dharma
1790-1800
1790-1800; < Sanskrit: custom, duty, akin to dhārayati holds, maintains
Related forms
dharmic, adjective
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dharma

/ˈdɑːmə/
noun
1.
(Hinduism) social custom regarded as a religious and moral duty
2.
(Hinduism)
  1. the essential principle of the cosmos; natural law
  2. conduct that conforms with this
3.
(Buddhism) ideal truth as set forth in the teaching of Buddha
Word Origin
Sanskrit: habit, usage, law, from dhārayati he holds
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n.

1796, in secular sense, "caste custom, right behavior;" in Buddhism and Hinduism, "moral law," from Sanskrit, "law, right, justice," related to dharayati "holds," and cognate with Latin firmus, all from PIE root *dher- (2) "to hold firmly, support" (see firm (adj.)).

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