Meaning of nirvana in English:


Pronunciation /nɪəˈvɑːnə/

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mass noun
  • 1(in Buddhism) a transcendent state in which there is neither suffering, desire, nor sense of self, and the subject is released from the effects of karma and the cycle of death and rebirth. It represents the final goal of Buddhism.

    ‘The fundamental teaching of the Buddha is the four dharma seals: impermanence, no-self, suffering and nirvana, or peace.’
    • ‘Transcendental concepts like Buddhahood and nirvana may well represent our ultimate goal, but we will never become a Buddha by ignoring our immediate human condition.’
    • ‘The answer to the problem of suffering does not lie in a better rebirth in the cycle of reincarnation - only nirvana offers a final solution.’
    • ‘In mahayana Buddhism, a bodhisattva is an enlightened being who forgoes nirvana and vows to take rebirth again and again in order to save all sentient beings from suffering.’
    • ‘Yet this unconditional state gives rise to all conditional things - all the experiences of samsara and nirvana, confusion and wisdom, conceptual perplexities, emotional conflicts, and so on.’
    paradise, heaven, Eden, the promised land
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    1. 1.1
      another term for moksha
      ‘And they call liberation moksha and not nirvana as suggested by the author.’
      • ‘They alone are allowed to touch the Linga because they have received the proper initiations, especially the nirvana diksha.’
    2. 1.2An ideal or idyllic state or place.
      ‘Hollywood's dearest dream of small-town nirvana’
      • ‘But we have to operate in the real world, not some socialist nirvana that simply does not work.’
      • ‘It was a beautiful dream, a path to digital nirvana we had all hoped for but never dared to expect.’
      • ‘For about two decades, it seemed to many that a new national nirvana, an alternative to revolutionary socialist internationalism, had been discovered.’
      • ‘She does not deserve to be offered the ultimate nirvana of a council house, and all that that entails, to replace her broken or unfulfilled dream of playing house with her dollies.’
      • ‘Add a Bluetooth GPS and you are in momentary geek nirvana.’
      • ‘For a guy who basks in the limelight, it was nirvana.’
      • ‘But a funny thing happened on the way to this war-based Republican nirvana.’
      • ‘This is true gear-head nirvana, where rapier-shaped chrome speedboats with names like Lick This and Eliminator roast the water.’
      • ‘But then, this is nirvana for these gamers, whose eyes gleam with menace as they extinguish yet another virtual life.’
      • ‘There was the 1961 Toothill Report promising Scottish economic nirvana through science-based industries.’
      • ‘Sadly, research doesn't back up the idea that women have reached a nirvana of liberated sexuality.’
      • ‘One such movement is feminism, which claims the path to social nirvana is the liberation of women.’
      • ‘‘The left perspective is that if we get big money out of politics we'll have a Marxist nirvana,’ he says.’
      • ‘In their quest to attain the nirvana of loyal consumers buying their brands and ignoring the competition, fashion firms have created lifestyle licensing.’
      • ‘Business dreamed of the nirvana of frictionless commerce.’
      • ‘Once we experienced the nirvana of the forward cabin, there was no going back to coach.’
      • ‘Most cyclists yearn for a nirvana where there are no hills and the prevailing wind is always at your back.’
      • ‘By any measure, Ireland today is a nirvana for young affluent gay men and women.’
      • ‘So competition, privatisation, is not always able to deliver the nirvana that some people like to promise.’
      • ‘Either way, the economy is far from a nirvana for women.’
      ideal place, paradise, heaven, heaven on earth, Eden, Garden of Eden, Shangri-La, Elysium, the Elysian Fields, Happy Valley, seventh heaven, idyll, nirvana, bliss
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From Sanskrit nirvāṇa, from nirvā ‘be extinguished’, from nis ‘out’ + vā- ‘to blow’.