Sanskrit

Sanskrit

[san-skrit]
noun
1.
an Indo-European, Indic language, in use since c1200 b.c. as the religious and classical literary language of India. Abbreviation: Skt
adjective
2.
Also, Sanskritic, Sanscritic. of or pertaining to Sanskrit.
Also, Sanscrit.


Origin:
1610–20; < Sanskrit saṃskṛta adorned, perfected

Sanskritist, Sanscritist, noun
non-Sanskritic, adjective
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Sanskrit (ˈsænskrɪt)
 
n
an ancient language of India, the language of the Vedas, of Hinduism, and of an extensive philosophical and scientific literature dating from the beginning of the first millennium bc. It is the oldest recorded member of the Indic branch of the Indo-European family of languages; recognition of the existence of the Indo-European family arose in the 18th century from a comparison of Sanskrit with Greek and Latin. Although it is used only for religious purposes, it is one of the official languages of India
 
[C17: from Sanskrit samskrta perfected, literally: put together]
 
'Sanskritist
 
n

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Sanskrit
1617, from Skt. samskrtam "put together, well-formed, perfected," from sam "together" + krta- "to make, do, perform." The first element is cognate with Eng. same, the second is from PIE *k(w)er- "to make, form" (related to karma).
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Sanskrit definition


The language of ancient India, and one of the oldest languages of the Indo-European family, to which English belongs.

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