[jahy-niz-uh m] /ˈdʒaɪ nɪz əm/

a dualistic religion founded in the 6th century b.c. as a revolt against current Hinduism and emphasizing the perfectibility of human nature and liberation of the soul, especially through asceticism and nonviolence toward all living creatures.
an ancient Hindu religion, which has its own scriptures and believes that the material world is eternal, progressing endlessly in a series of vast cycles

1858, from Jain + -ism. Jainist is attested from 1816.


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