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initialism
  1. Bachelor of Arts
  2. British Airways
  3. Buenos Aires
  4. (overprint on British stamps) British Administration (usually followed by a place name).
Baal Tweet Definition of Baal Like Definition of Baal on Facebook
proper noun (Baal, im, -)
  1. (mythology) the supreme male deity of the Phoenician and Canaanitish pantheons; a Mediterranean fertility deity whose worship was characterised by the sexual acts of his followers during periodic rituals, along with occasional human sacrifice and frequent temple prostitution, worshipped as far back as 1400 BCE
  2. (Biblical, plural) the whole class of divinities to whom the name Baal was applied.
  3. (biblical) one of the fallen angels of Satan.
Baalism Tweet Definition of Baalism Like Definition of Baalism on Facebook
noun
  1. A pagan religion centred on the worship of w:Baal, Baal.
Babism Tweet Definition of Babism Like Definition of Babism on Facebook
noun
  1. The doctrine of a modern religious sect, which originated in Persia in 1844.
bodhi Tweet Definition of bodhi Like Definition of bodhi on Facebook
noun (or Bodhi)
  1. (Buddhism) The state of enlightenment that finally ends the cycle of death and rebirth and leads to nirvana
bodhisattva Tweet Definition of bodhisattva Like Definition of bodhisattva on Facebook
noun (pluralbodhisattvas)
  1. The Shakyamuni Buddha, as he was before his enlightenment in nirvana.
  2. In Mahayana Buddhism, any being who has forestalled their enlightenment until they have completed a vow to bring all other beings into nirvana through the realization of sunyata and the practice of the six perfections.
  3. In Theravada Buddhism, the Buddha Maitreya, from now until his enlightenment.
bonze Tweet Definition of bonze Like Definition of bonze on Facebook
noun
  1. a Buddhist priest in Japan
Brahma Tweet Definition of Brahma Like Definition of Brahma on Facebook
noun
  1. (Hinduism) a variant of Brahman
    1. a large domestic fowl from the Brahmaputra region of India
    2. a breed of Indian cattle, Bos indicus
proper noun
  1. (Hinduism) the creator god, identified with Vishnu and Shiva
brahman Tweet Definition of brahman Like Definition of brahman on Facebook
noun
  1. A member of the first of the four castes of Hinduism, a sacerdotal class.
brahmin Tweet Definition of brahmin Like Definition of brahmin on Facebook
noun
  1. A Hindu priestly caste; one of the four varnas or social groups based on occupation in ancient Hindu society.
  2. One who has realized or attempts to realize Brahman, i.e. God or supreme knowledge.
  3. Scholar, teacher, priest, intellectual, researcher, scientist, knowledge-seeker, or knowledge worker.
  4. Social and cultural elite, especially in the New England region of the USA.
  5. A learned person of refined taste and mild manners.
adjective
  1. Of or relating to the caste of brahmins.
  2. scholarly, Scholarly.
Buddha Tweet Definition of Buddha Like Definition of Buddha on Facebook
noun (plural: Buddhas)
  1. Shakyamuni Buddha, Indian spiritual and philosophical teacher and founder of Buddhism; Siddartha Gautama.
  2. Any of the other Buddhas named in Buddhist scriptures.
  3. An enlightened or awakened sentient being.
  4. A statue or image of any Buddha.
Buddhism Tweet Definition of Buddhism Like Definition of Buddhism on Facebook
noun
  1. The religion and philosophy founded by the Indian teacher w:Gautama Buddha, Gautama Buddha
  2. A religious movement practiced by Buddhists

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