• WordNet 3.6
    • n Jainism religion founded in the 6th century BC as a revolt against Hinduism; emphasizes asceticism and immortality and transmigration of the soul; denies existence of a perfect or supreme being
    • n Jainism sect founded in the 6th century BC as a revolt against Hinduism
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Jainism The heterodox Hindu religion, founded in the 6th century as a revolt against Hinduism; its most striking features are the exaltation of saints or holy mortals, called jins, above the ordinary Hindu gods, and the denial of a supreme being and of the divine origin and infallibility of the Vedas. Also, the sect comprising those adhering to Jainism. Jainism believes in immortality and the transmigration of the soul. It is intermediate between Brahmanism and Buddhism, having some things in common with each.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Jainism The religious system of the Jains.
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In literature:

Jainism, a sect of Hinduism, was founded in the 6th century B.C.
"Autobiography of a YOGI" by Paramhansa Yogananda
The Buddhists have therefore handed down a dogma which Jainism recognises.
"On the Indian Sect of the Jainas" by Johann George B├╝hler
Jainism had originated in the sixth century B.C.
"The Loves of Krishna in Indian Painting and Poetry" by W. G. Archer
Buddhism and Jainism also flourished in the south.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
The first two gradually decayed and made way for the last, although Jainism remained powerful until the tenth century.
"Hinduism And Buddhism, Volume II. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
But it must be remembered that even in Jainism Buddha is only a memory.
"A Tour of the Missions" by Augustus Hopkins Strong
Like Buddhism, Jainism, and Christianity, it owed its origin to a single founder.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
Jainism is closely kin to Buddhism.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
Jainism is an Indian religion so like Buddhism as to have been considered by many to be a sect of the latter.
"History of Religion" by Allan Menzies
Jainism, a sect, founded by Vardhamana, older than Buddhism and still extant in India.
"The Gospel of Buddha" by Paul Carus