Definition of karma in US English:

karma

noun

  • 1(in Hinduism and Buddhism) the sum of a person's actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.

    • ‘T'hrinlay Wangmo consciously used this experience as a vehicle to exhaust her own previous negative karma.’
    • ‘For example, most people would say that one of the key teachings in Buddhism is karma.’
    • ‘As noted previously, karma and rebirth are among the elements of Buddhism that Mr. Batchelor questions.’
    • ‘Worst case scenario, I come back with a cold and am still left with the daunting task of undoing all my bad karma with good karma.’
    • ‘In other words, he was preaching karma, samsara and moksha.’
    • ‘They accept the religion's basic concepts of dharma, samsara, karma, and ahimsa.’
    • ‘As he says, In the standard Hindu view one's birth in a particular caste is determined by one's karma in a previous life.’
    • ‘In between, souls seek to fulfil their dharma while resolving karma and accruing merit through good deeds.’
    • ‘Three important concepts within Hinduism are dharma, karma, and reincarnation.’
    • ‘Likewise, if you understand your form, you can understand your past and future karma.’
    • ‘That same entity will later enter a new body bringing with it the karma of past lives, which includes actions themselves as well as the ethical ramifications of such.’
    • ‘But with karma, at some future point, everyone will still have to pay for their mistakes.’
    • ‘Our mental and physical deeds, both positive and negative, accumulate in what Buddhists call karma.’
    fate, destiny, fortune, providence, the stars, god's will, what is written in the stars, one's doom, one's portion, one's lot, one's lot in life, predestination, preordination, predetermination, what is to come, the writing on the wall
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    1. 1.1informal Destiny or fate, following as effect from cause.
      • ‘If I'm going to share the karma for harm someone else inflicts, I want to make sure that it truly is less than the harm that would result from all other courses of action.’
      • ‘When we pay attention to what we are experiencing now, through awareness, we are able to determine our future karma by making it take a different course.’
      • ‘In such a way, from a source of national pride, malandragem, samba, and syncopations would turn into a damnation, an unbreakable fate or an inescapable karma.’
      • ‘Some people believe that visiting and making merit at nine temples in a single day will bring them luck and good karma.’
      • ‘It explains why some people seem to have permanent good luck; a magic touch which is often explained as karma.’
      • ‘Even destiny starts helping by reducing the effects of karma to minor blows of ailments/accidents.’
      • ‘Circumstance, I said, is a factor which some might call chance, fate, luck, serendipity, or karma.’
      • ‘I usually blamed it on karma, or just plain bad luck.’
      • ‘Tim also uses the book to provide insights into Indian society; he brings up ideas of karma and destiny, and the traditions, superstitions and beliefs that are so much part of Indian life.’
      • ‘Let's hope the clinic this afternoon will pass quickly, so that I can look to washing away the bad karma that has been following me with some irie spirit later.’
      • ‘Many spiritual paths have teachings regarding the free will of others and the effects of karma.’
      • ‘To those who understand the effects that karma has on our lives it may also be a teacher, with a lesson plan on patience, confidence, self-reliance, restraint, and power.’
      • ‘Who do you think will receive the karma in the end?’
      • ‘Most girls simply accept their karma - destiny - after a few years.’
      • ‘I'm convinced now that the universe is out to get me, that somewhere karma, fate and destiny are somewhere playing cards while they laugh at my expense.’
      fortune, fate, destiny, lot, stars, what is written in the stars, kismet
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Origin

From Sanskrit karman ‘action, effect, fate’.

Pronunciation

karma

/ˈkɑrmə//ˈkärmə/