Definitions for jainismˈdʒaɪ nɪz əm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Jain•ismˈdʒaɪ nɪz əm(n.)

  1. a dualistic religion founded in the 6th century b .c . as a revolt against current Hinduism and emphasizing asceticism and nonviolence toward all living creatures.

    Category: Eastern Religions

Origin of Jainism:

1855–60

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Jainism(noun)

    sect founded in the 6th century BC as a revolt against Hinduism

  2. Jainism(noun)

    religion founded in the 6th century BC as a revolt against Hinduism; emphasizes asceticism and immortality and transmigration of the soul; denies existence of a perfect or supreme being

Wiktionary

  1. Jainism(ProperNoun)

    A religion and philosophy, originating in India, with a focus on nonviolence and personal effort to progress the soul towards divine consciousness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jainism(noun)

    the heterodox Hindoo religion, of which the most striking features are the exaltation of saints or holy mortals, called jins, above the ordinary Hindoo gods, and the denial of the divine origin and infallibility of the Vedas. It is intermediate between Brahmanism and Buddhism, having some things in common with each

Freebase

  1. Jainism

    Jainism, traditionally known as Jaina dharma, is an Indian religion that prescribes a path of non-violence towards all living beings and emphasises spiritual independence and equality between all forms of life. Practitioners believe that non-violence and self-control are the means by which they can obtain liberation from the cycle of reincarnations. Currently, Jainism is divided into two major sects; Digambara and Śvētāmbara. Jainism is one of the oldest religions of the world, identified with the Śramaṇa tradition of ancient India and connected by some to the Indus Valley Civilisation. Jains traditionally trace their history through a succession of twenty-four propagators of faith known as tirthankara with Ādinātha as the first tirthankara and Mahāvīra as the last. For long periods of time Jainism was the state religion of Indian kingdoms and widely adopted in the Indian subcontinent. The religion has been in decline since the 8th century CE due to the growth and oppression of the followers of Hinduism and Islam. Jainism is a religious minority in India, with 4.2 million followers, and there are small but notable immigrant communities in Belgium, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and the United States. Jains have the highest degree of literacy for a religious community in India, and their manuscript libraries are the oldest in the country.

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