E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The Buddhists judgment, which determines at death the future state of the deceased. It is also their fiat on actions, pronouncing them to be meritorious or otherwise.
In Theosophy, it means the unbroken sequence of cause and effect; each effect being, in its turn, the cause of a subsequent effect. It is a Sanscrit word, meaning action or sequence.
The laws which determine the physical attribution, condition of life, intellectual capacities, and so forth, of the new body, to which the Ego is drawn by affinities are in Buddhism [called] Karma.Nineteenth Century, June, 1893, p. 1025.