Karma vs Joss - What's the difference?

karma | joss |

As a noun karma

is karma.

As a proper noun joss is


As a verb joss is

(fandom) to invalidate a fan theory or original element of a fanwork through the introduction of new canon or retconning.




  • (Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism) The sum total of a person's actions, which determine the person's next incarnation in samsara, the cycle of death and rebirth.
  • A force or law of nature which causes one to reap what one sows; destiny; fate.
  • (uncommon) A distinctive feeling, aura, or atmosphere.
  • * 2001 , Inside the Hits , page 307:
  • That means everything from lighting to the vibes, the karma of the room.
  • * 2006 , Chase Sargent, From Buddy to Boss , page 219:
  • How many times when you have been in a bar have you felt that a confrontation was building up, even without extensive verbal exchanges? Sometimes you can feel the karma or energy of a place change, and you should not ignore that
  • * 2010 , R.L. Roach, Irish Lie , page 135:
  • On the way to Lancaster, which was about an hour and a half from Philly, John felt the karma .

    Derived terms

    * karmic




  • A Chinese household divinity; a Chinese idol.
  • Luck.
  • * 1977 , , The Honourable Schoolboy , Folio Society 2010, p. 178:
  • She had twisted a piece of heather into her mail box for good joss , and this was the safety signal.

    Derived terms

    * joss stick * joss paper * joss house