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samsara

[suh m-sahr-uh] /səmˈsɑr ə/
noun
1.
Buddhism. the process of coming into existence as a differentiated, mortal creature.
Compare nirvana (def 1).
2.
Hinduism. the endless series of births, deaths, and rebirths to which all beings are subject.
Compare nirvana (def 2).
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; < Sanskrit samsāra literally, running together
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samsara

/səmˈsɑːrə/
noun
1.
(Hinduism) the endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth
2.
(Buddhism) the transmigration or rebirth of a person
Word Origin
Sanskrit, literally: a passing through, from sam altogether + sarati it runs
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n.

"endless cycle of death and rebirth, transmigration of souls," 1886, from Sanskrit samsara "a wandering through," from sam-, prefix denoting completeness (from the root of same), + sr- "to run, glide," from PIE root *ser- (2) "to flow" (see serum).

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