Definition of Jainism

1. Noun. Sect founded in the 6th century BC as a revolt against Hinduism.

Generic synonyms: Religious Order, Religious Sect, Sect
Member holonyms: Jainist
Derivative terms: Jainist



2. 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.
Generic synonyms: Faith, Religion, Religious Belief
Examples of category: Ahimsa
Derivative terms: Jainist

Definition of Jainism

1. n. 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.

Definition of Jainism

1. Proper noun. A religion and philosophy, originating in India, with a focus on nonviolence and personal effort to progress the soul towards divine consciousness. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Jainism

Jagganath
Jagger
Jaggs
Jaghatai
Jags
Jah
Jahan
Jahannam
Jahbulon
Jahn-Teller effect
Jahnke's syndrome
Jahvey
Jahweh
Jaime
Jain
Jainism
Jainist
Jainists
Jains
Jaipur
Jaipurhat District
Jair
Jaish-e-Muhammad
Jaish-i-Mohammed
Jak
Jakarta
Jakartan
Jakartans
Jake
Jakes

Literary usage of Jainism

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1. Religions of the Past and Present: A Series of Lectures Delivered by Members by James Alan Montgomery (1918)
"About the same time that Buddhism was founded, another very similar heretical sect arose, which is known as jainism. It is said to have been founded by a ..."

2. India, Its Life and Thought by John Peter Jones (1908)
"jainism is closely kin to Buddhism. It represents the same type of ... jainism, on the other hand, has maintained itself as a distinct faith and now has ..."

3. India and Its Problems by William Samuel Lilly (1902)
"It survives there only in the form of jainism—if indeed we are correct in regarding ... What is certain is that jainism came into notice when Buddhism had ..."

4. History of India by Romesh Chunder Dutt, Vincent Arthur Smith, A. V. Williams Jackson, Stanley Lane-Poole, Henry Miers Elliot, William Wilson Hunter, Alfred Comyn Lyall (1906)
"CHAPTER XXXI HISTORY OF jainism ... for long centuries, until Buddhism declined, while jainism still continues to be a living faith in some parts of India. ..."

5. The Origin of Subjectivity in Hindu Thought by Ethel May Kitch (1917)
"Another heretical religion appearing at this time was jainism. ... jainism and Buddhism were only two of many heretical sects that sprang up about this time ..."

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