from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Hinduism & Buddhism The principle or law that orders the universe.
- n. Hinduism & Buddhism Individual conduct in conformity with this principle.
- n. Hinduism & Buddhism The essential function or nature of a thing.
- n. Hinduism Individual obligation with respect to caste, social custom, civil law, and sacred law.
- n. Buddhism The body of teachings expounded by the Buddha.
- n. Buddhism Knowledge of or duty to undertake conduct set forth by the Buddha as a way to enlightenment.
- n. Buddhism One of the basic, minute elements from which all things are made.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the principle that orders the universe; one's conduct in conformity with such a principle
- n. one's obligation in respect to one's position in society
- n. the teachings of the Buddha as one's personal path to enlightenment
- n. the teachings of the Buddha as a practice to be promulgated and taught.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Established order, usage, custom, rule, duty, virtue, right, law, etc. In Buddhism, the law; the canon. Also dhurma.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. basic principles of the cosmos; also: an ancient sage in Hindu mythology worshipped as a god by some lower castes
Sanskrit dharmaḥ, statute, law; see dher- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit धर्म (dhárma, "that which upholds or supports"). (Wiktionary)