Meaning of ahimsa in English:


Pronunciation /əˈhɪmsɑː/


mass noun
  • (in the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jainist tradition) respect for all living things and avoidance of violence towards others.

    ‘Since Hindu religion teaches us ahimsa - noninjury - this principle should be equally applied to every human being and animal.’
    • ‘He is just one of the hundreds of spokesmen and women spreading the Hindu ideal of ahimsa, noninjury to others, whether by thought, word or deed.’
    • ‘How do Buddhist ethical teachings like ahimsa affect its approach to contemporary moral dilemmas such as abortion?’
    • ‘He said the youth learn about ahimsa, humility, respect and the meaning of festivals and the various forms of the Gods.’
    • ‘It was influenced by Jain and Buddhist notions of ahimsa (non-violence).’
    • ‘The absolute emphasis on compassion and ahimsa in Buddhism and Jainism are the quintessence of peace.’
    • ‘This is the strictest expression of Hinduism's law of ahimsa.’
    • ‘All of these exercises sit on a bed called ahimsa, non-violence, in yoga, or compassion in Buddhism.’
    • ‘But the overlying principle that defines the Hindu answer to this query is ahimsa - refraining from injuring, physically, mentally or emotionally, anyone or any living creature.’
    • ‘Vedic Scripture proclaims ahimsa, nonhurtfulness, is a primary religious obligation in fulfillment of dharma, divine law.’
    • ‘Kings and the emperors adopted the new religion of equality, ahimsa, and compassion.’
    • ‘At a state dinner with India's Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, King was full of questions about Gandhi's philosophy and adherence to ahimsa.’
    • ‘He explained to me that ahimsa (non-violence) is part of Hinduism.’
    • ‘Even before the modern period, the cow was associated with several ideas: ahimsa or non-injury; purity and purification; goodness; and motherhood, in nurturing and providing not only for her calf but for all.’
    • ‘The question is the translation of spiritual principles, such as ahimsa, the principle of non-harm advocated by Gandhi, or Christian nonviolence to the political sphere.’
    • ‘The principles of satya [truthfulness] and ahimsa [nonviolence] from our scriptures are needed more today for the survival of the human race than at any time in history.’
    • ‘All must follow the practice of ‘non-injury’ or ahimsa.’
    • ‘Gurudeva also required a home life of ahimsa, tolerating neither abuse of a spouse nor corporal punishment of children.’
    • ‘In my opinion, the word ahimsa means nonaggression and not nonviolence.’
    • ‘The name of Buddha upholds non-violence - ahimsa and promotes peace.’


Sanskrit, from a ‘non-, without’ + hiṃsā ‘violence’.