(noun) “A body of religious and philosophical beliefs and cultural practices native to India and based on a caste system; it is characterized by a belief in reincarnation, by a belief in a supreme being of many forms and natures, by the view that opposing theories are aspects of one eternal truth, and by a desire for liberation from earthly evils” (Princeton University 2010).

Audio Pronunciation: (Hin·du·ism)

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  • Variant form: Hindooism

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