Etymology
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karma (n.)

1827, in Buddhism, the sum of a person's actions in one life, which determines his form in the next; from Sanskrit karma "action, work, deed; fate," related to Sanskrit krnoti, Avestan kerenaoiti "makes," Old Persian kunautiy "he makes;" from PIE root *kwer- "to make, form" (see terato-). "Latterly adopted by Western popular 'meditative' groups" [OED, 1989]. It is related to the second element in Sanskrit.

updated on March 01, 2016

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Definitions of karma from WordNet

karma (n.)
(Hinduism and Buddhism) the effects of a person's actions that determine his destiny in his next incarnation;
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