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nirvana

[nir-vah-nuh, -van-uh, ner-] /nɪrˈvɑ nə, -ˈvæn ə, nər-/
noun
1.
(often initial capital letter). Pali nibbana. Buddhism. freedom from the endless cycle of personal reincarnations, with their consequent suffering, as a result of the extinction of individual passion, hatred, and delusion: attained by the Arhat as his goal but postponed by the Bodhisattva.
2.
(often initial capital letter) Hinduism. salvation through the union of Atman with Brahma; moksha.
3.
a place or state characterized by freedom from or oblivion to pain, worry, and the external world.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; < Sanskrit nirvāṇa
Related forms
nirvanic, adjective
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nirvana

/nɪəˈvɑːnə; nɜː-/
noun
1.
(Buddhism, Hinduism) final release from the cycle of reincarnation attained by extinction of all desires and individual existence, culminating (in Buddhism) in absolute blessedness, or (in Hinduism) in absorption into Brahman
Derived Forms
nirvanic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Sanskrit: extinction, literally: a blowing out, from nir- out + vāti it blows
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nirvana
1836, from Skt. nirvana-s "extinction, disappearance" (of the individual soul into the universal), lit. "to blow out, a blowing out" ("not transitively, but as a fire ceases to draw;" a literal Latinization would be de-spiration), from nis-, nir- "out" + va "to blow" (see wind (n.)).
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nirvana [(neer-vah-nuh, nur-vah-nuh)]

In Buddhism, the highest state of consciousness, in which the soul is freed from all desires and attachments. Nirvana is sometimes inaccurately used as a synonym for heaven or paradise.

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