Karma vs Juju - What's the difference?

karma | juju |

As nouns the difference between karma and juju

is that karma is karma while juju is a fetish or charm believed by west africans to have magical or supernatural powers or juju can be (slang) a marijuana cigarette; a joint.




  • (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



    Alternative forms

    * ju-ju

    Etymology 1

    From a West African language, probably originally from (etyl) joujou.


    (en noun)
  • A fetish or charm believed by West Africans to have magical or supernatural powers.
  • The magical or supernatural power of such a charm.
  • A superstitious belief in the karmic consequences of an action or behavior, usually negative in connotation.
  • That's some bad juju .
  • A type of music popular in Nigeria. (See )
  • Derived terms
    * jujuism

    Etymology 2

    Reduplication of -ju- in (marijuana).


    (en noun)
  • (slang) A marijuana cigarette; a joint.
  • * 1940 , (Raymond Chandler), Farewell, My Lovely , Penguin 2010, p. 75:
  • *:‘I knew a guy once who smoked jujus ,’ she said. ‘Three highballs and three sticks of tea and it took a pipe wrench to get him off the chandelier.’
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