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Jainism

[jahy-niz-uh m] /ˈdʒaɪ nɪz əm/
noun
1.
a dualistic religion founded in the 6th century b.c. as a revolt against current Hinduism and emphasizing the perfectibility of human nature and liberation of the soul, especially through asceticism and nonviolence toward all living creatures.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; Jain + -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for Jainism

Jainism

/ˈdʒaɪˌnɪzəm/
noun
1.
an ancient Hindu religion, which has its own scriptures and believes that the material world is eternal, progressing endlessly in a series of vast cycles
Derived Forms
Jainist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for Jainism
n.

1858, from Jain + -ism. Jainist is attested from 1816.

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