Sanskrit karma fate, work
First Known Use: 1827
: the force created by a person's actions that some people believe causes good or bad things to happen to that person
Remember last week's Wednesday Word, Schedenfreude? It means feeling delight in someone else's misfortune. I cautioned against that, and used this week's word as an example. Karma.
See, Karma holds that what you have done to others will eventually be done to you. Hinduism and Buddhism takes the Christian Golden Rule a step farther here. Kind of like a cosmic balance.