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  1. a spiritual part of the soul in Egyptian mythology, which survived after death
  • 1983: Then, I wondered how long I must wait before seeing my Double, but if I recalled, the Ka was not supposed to appear before the seventy days of embalming were done. " Norman Mailer, Ancient Evenings
Kaffir Tweet Definition of Kaffir Like Definition of Kaffir on Facebook
noun kaffir
  1. (obsolete) a blanket term for various native peoples of southern Africa.
  2. (South Africa) an offensive term for a black person
kafir Tweet Definition of kafir Like Definition of kafir on Facebook
noun (pl=kuffar)
  1. (Islam) infidel, Infidel, pagan, non-believer; a non-Muslim aside from ahl al-kitab (Christians, Jews, etc.).
  2. (Islam) Infidel, pagan, non-believer; any non-Muslim.<ref>Shaykh Al-Islam ibn Taymiyyah (Rahimullah) v27 p264: "Whosoever does not forbid people from the deen of the Jews and Christians after the prophethood of the messenger Muhammad (saw) nor declares them kafir nor hates them, he is not a Muslim by the consensus of ALL Muslims, their scholars and the general public."</ref>
kalam Tweet Definition of kalam Like Definition of kalam on Facebook
  1. (Islam) speculative theology
kama Tweet Definition of kama Like Definition of kama on Facebook
noun (pl=kama, pl2=kamas)
  1. A sickle-like weapon, originally used as a tool for cutting weeds.
Kansa Tweet Definition of Kansa Like Definition of Kansa on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a Native American people who used to inhabit parts of Kansas (from whom it derives its name)
  2. their language
karma Tweet Definition of karma Like Definition of karma on Facebook
  1. (context, Hinduism, Buddhism) The total effect of a person's actions and conduct during the successive phases of his existence, regarded as determining his next incarnation.
  2. destiny, Destiny, fate.
  3. A distinctive feeling, aura, or atmosphere.
Keb Tweet Definition of Keb Like Definition of Keb on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Egyptian god of the earth.
Khoja Tweet Definition of Khoja Like Definition of Khoja on Facebook
noun (plural Khojas)
  1. (Islam) a member of Gujarati speaking Shiite sect that takes the Aga Khan as their religious head
khutbah Tweet Definition of khutbah Like Definition of khutbah on Facebook
  1. A talk or sermon delivered in mosque, mosques before the Friday prayer, or at other special occasions.
Ki Tweet Definition of Ki Like Definition of Ki on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A Papuan language spoken in Sandaun Province of Papua New Guinea.
koan Tweet Definition of koan Like Definition of koan on Facebook
  1. (context, Zen Buddhism) A story about a Zen master and his student, sometimes like a riddle, other times like a fable, which has become an object of Zen study, and which, when meditated upon, may unlock mechanisms in the Zen student"s mind leading to satori.
    • 1979, Douglas R. Hofstadter, wikipedia:Gí¶del, Escher, Bach, Gí¶del, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid
    • : Achilles: Let me tell you a kÅan about an imitator.
    • :: <small> Zen master Gutei raised his finger whenever he was asked a question about Zen. A young novice began to imitate him in this way. When Gutei was told about the novice"s imitation, he sent for him and asked him if it were true. The novice admitted it was so. Gutei asked him if he understood. In reply the novice held up his index finger. Gutei promptly cut it off. The novice ran from the room, howling in pain. As he reached the threshold, Gutei called, "Boy!" When the novice turned, Gutei raised his index finger. At that instant the novice was enlightened.</small>
      1. A riddle with no solution, used to provoke reflection on the inadequacy of logical reasoning, and to lead to enlightenment.
    • 1973, w:Thomas Pynchon, Thomas Pynchon, Gravity"s Rainbow
    • : Gibberish. Or else a ' that Achtfaden isn"t equipped to master, a transcendent puzzle that could lead him to some moment of light.
    • 2001', w:Joyce Carol Oates, Joyce Carol Oates, Middle Age : A Romance'' (Fourth Estate, paperback edition, 303)
    • : As always the "Why, Why am I here, why here" begins in her head, but she beats it back like a housewife with a broom.
koran Tweet Definition of koran Like Definition of koran on Facebook
  1. (alternative spelling of, Qur'an)
Krishna Tweet Definition of Krishna Like Definition of Krishna on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Lord Krishna (Hindu theology): He is usually depicted with blue skin and playing a flute. He is the divine speaker of the Bhagavad-gita and the eighth avatar of Vishnu.
  2. A river in southern India.
kundalini Tweet Definition of kundalini Like Definition of kundalini on Facebook
  1. (Yogic philosophy) "energy" that lies dormant in the body until released by yoga

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