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[shahs-truh] /ˈʃɑs trə/
any of the sacred books of Hinduism.
Origin of shastra
1620-30; < Sanskrit śāstra
Related forms
shastrik, shastraik
[shah-strey-ik] /ʃɑˈstreɪ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for shastra
Historical Examples
  • They import indigo from shastra (or from India), by the Khurum river.

    Needlework As Art Marian Alford
  • Blame me not, I am only arguing from the strict standpoint of view of shastra.

    Chaitanya's Life And Teachings Krishna das Kaviraja
  • And he expressed his belief that a shastra thus prepared and recommended would soon be generally adopted.

    The Bible Of Bibles; Kersey Graves
  • A shaster or shastra, from the Sanskrit root ças, to govern, relates to discipline.

    The Religions of Japan William Elliot Griffis
  • After long study they returned, bringing the Chinese translation of this shastra into Japan.

    The Religions of Japan William Elliot Griffis
  • This shastra was the work of a Hindu whose name means Lion-armor, and who lived about nine centuries after Gautama.

    The Religions of Japan William Elliot Griffis
British Dictionary definitions for shastra


any of the sacred writings of Hinduism
Word Origin
C17: from Sanskrit śāstra, from śās to teach
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