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Definition of karma noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(in Buddhism and Hinduism) the sum of someone's good and bad actions in one of their lives, believed to decide what will happen to them in the next life
  2. 2good/bad karma (informal) the good/bad effect of doing a particular thing, being in a particular place, etc. Some vegetarians believe that eating meat is bad karma.
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