Adhivacana: 6 definitions


Adhivacana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

Alternative spellings of this word include Adhivachana.

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Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

adhivacana : (nt.) a term; designation.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Adhivacana, (nt.) (adhi + vacana) designation, term, attrîbute, metaphor, metaphorical expression D.II, 62; M.I, 113, 144, 460; A.II, 70, 124; III, 310; IV, 89, 285, 340; It.15, 114; Sn.p. 218; J.I, 117; Nd2 34 = Dhs.1306 (= nāma saṅkhā paññatti etc.); Vbh.6; PvA.63. See on term Dhs. trsl. 340.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Adhivacana (अधिवचन).—

1) Advocacy, speaking in favour of (pakṣapātena kathanaṃ vacanam).

2) A name, epithet, appellation.

Derivable forms: adhivacanam (अधिवचनम्).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Adhivacana (अधिवचन).—nt. (= Pali id.), designation, appellation, name, term (of, for, gen.): Mahāvyutpatti 6333; Mahāvastu i.161.2; tathatā tathateti…śūnyatāyā etad adhivacanam Śikṣāsamuccaya 263.1, tathatā is a name for nullity; Kāśyapa Parivarta 71.9, 10; bhūtatathatāyā etad adhivacanam Vajracchedikā 37.3; Aṣṭasāhasrikā-prajñāpāramitā 342.1; kasyaitad adhiva- canaṃ yad uta nirvāṇam iti Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra 182.9, of what is this a designation, viz. the word nirvāṇa?; anāyavyaya ity anut- pādasyaitad adhivacanam Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra 175.18; katamasyaitad dharmasyādhivacanaṃ samādhir iti Samādhirājasūtra p. 13 lines 19—20, of what matter is this a designation, the word samādhi?

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Adhivacana (अधिवचन).—n.

(-naṃ) A name, an appellation. E. adhi, and vacana speech.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Adhivacana (अधिवचन):—[=adhi-vacana] [from adhi-vac] n. an appellation, epithet.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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