Prakrit

Prakrit

[prah-krit, -kreet]
noun
any of the vernacular Indic languages of the ancient and medieval periods, as distinguished from Sanskrit.

Origin:
1780–90; < Sanskrit prākṛta, derivative of prakṛti; see prakriti

Prakritic, adjective
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Prakrit (ˈprɑːkrɪt)
 
n
See also Pali any of the vernacular Indic languages as distinguished from Sanskrit: spoken from about 300 bc to the Middle Ages
 
[C18: from Sanskrit prāktra original, from pra- before + kr to do, make + -ta indicating a participle]
 
Pra'kritic
 
adj

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Prakrit
popular dialect of ancient northern and central India (distinguished from Sanskrit, q.v.), sometimes also applied to modern langs., 1766, from Skt. prakrta- "natural, original" (opposed to samskrta- "prepared, refined"), from pra- "before, forward, forth" + krta- "done, made, prepared."
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