[dahr-muh, duhr-]
noun Hinduism, Buddhism.
essential quality or character, as of the cosmos or one's own nature.
conformity to religious law, custom, duty, or one's own quality or character.
law, especially religious law.
the doctrine or teaching of the Buddha.
Pali dhamma [duhm-uh] .

1790–1800; < Sanskrit: custom, duty, akin to dhārayati holds, maintains

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

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1796, in secular sense, "caste custom, right behavior;" in Buddhism and Hinduism, "moral law," from Skt., "law, right, justice," related to dharayati "holds," and cognate with L. firmus, all from PIE base *dher- "to hold, support" (see firm (adj.)).
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Example sentences
Yoga is based on dharma, the fundamental laws of the nature, the right behaviour code.
Dharma is also the name of a deity or deva in charge of dharma.
Cloud of dharma the emphasized virtue is the practice of primordial wisdom.
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