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[jahyn] /dʒaɪn/

an adherent of .
of or relating to the Jains or .
an adherent of Jainism
one of the saints believed to be the founders of Jainism
of or relating to Jainism or the Jains

1805, from Hindi Jaina, from Sanskrit jinah “saint,” literally “overcomer,” from base ji “to conquer,” related to jayah “victory,” from PIE root *gweie- “to press down, conquer.” The sect dates from 6c. B.C.E.


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