Amacca: 3 definitions



Amacca means something in Buddhism, Pali, Jainism, Prakrit. 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.

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Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

amacca : (m.) 1. a privy councillor; 2. a fellow-worker; colleague.

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

Amacca, (Vedic amātya (only in meaning “companion”), adj. formation fr. amā an adverbial Loc.-Gen. of pron. 1st person, Sk. ahaṃ = Idg. *emo (cp. Sk. m-ama), meaning “(those) of me or with me”, i. e. those who are in my house) 1. friend, companion, fellow-worker, helper, esp. one who gives his advice, a bosom-friend It.73; J.VI, 512 (sahajātā amaccā); Pv.II, 620 (a °- paricārikā welladvising friends as company or around him). frequent in combn. with mitta as mittâmaccā, friends & colleagues D.III, 189—90; S 190 = A.II, 67; PvA.29; or with ñātī (ñāti-sālohitā intimate friends & near-relations), mittâmaccā ñātisālohitā Vin.II, 126; Sn.p. 104 (= mittā ca kammakarā ca SnA 447); mittā vā amaccā vā ñātī vā sālohitā vā A.I, 222; PvA.28; amaccā ñāti-saṅghā ca A.I, 152. ‹-› 2. Especially a king’s intimate friend, king’s favourite, confidant J.I, 262; PvA.73 (°kula), 74 (amaccā ca purohito ca), 81 (sabba-kammika amacca), 93; and his special adviser or privy councillor, as such distinguished from the official ministers (purohita, mahāmatta, pārisajja); usually combd. with pārisajjā (pl.) viz. D.I, 136 (= piya-sahāyaka DA.I, 297, but cp. the foll. expln. of pārisajjā as “sesā āṇatti-karā”); Vin.I, 348; D.III, 64 (amaccā pārisajjā gaṇakamahāmattā); A.I, 142 (catunnaṃ mahārājānaṃ a. pārisajjā). See on the question of ministers in general Fick, Sociale Gliederung p. 93, 164 & Banerjea, Public Administration in Ancient India pp. 106—120. (Page 73)

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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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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

1) Amacca (अमच्च) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Amātya.

2) Amacca (अमच्च) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Amartya.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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