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Meaning of avidya

a•vid•ya

Pronunciation: (u-vid'yä), [key]
— n. Hinduism, Buddhism.
  1. ignorance of the identity of oneself with Brahman, resulting in imprisonment within the cycle of birth and death. Cf. vidya.
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