[kahr-muh] /ˈkɑr mə/

Hinduism, Buddhism. action, seen as bringing upon oneself inevitable results, good or bad, either in this life or in a reincarnation: in Hinduism one of the means of reaching Brahman.
Compare (def 1), .
Theosophy. the cosmic principle according to which each person is rewarded or punished in one incarnation according to that person’s deeds in the previous incarnation.
fate; destiny.
Synonyms: predestination, predetermination, lot, kismet.
the good or bad emanations felt to be generated by someone or something:
Lets get out of here. This place has bad karma.
(Hinduism, Buddhism) the principle of retributive justice determining a person’s state of life and the state of his reincarnations as the effect of his past deeds
(theosophy) the doctrine of inevitable consequence
destiny or fate

1883, from karma + -ic.

1827, in Buddhism, the sum of a person’s actions in one life, which determine his form in the next; from Sanskrit karma “action, work, deed; fate,” related to krnoti, Avestan kerenaoiti “makes,” Old Persian kunautiy “he makes;” from PIE root *kwer- “to make, form,” related to the second element in Sanskrit.


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