Avarna, Avarṇa: 6 definitions


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In Hinduism

Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

Avarṇa (अवर्ण).—The letter अ; the first letter of the Sanskrit alphabet, comprising all its varieties caused by grades, (ह्रस्व, दीर्घ, प्लुत (hrasva, dīrgha, pluta)) or accents of nasalization. The word वर्ण (varṇa) is used in the neuter gender in the Mahābhāṣya; cf. सर्वमुखस्थानमवर्णम् (sarvamukhasthānamavarṇam) M. Bh. I.1.9, मा कदाचिदवर्णं भूत् (mā kadācidavarṇaṃ bhūt) M.Bh. I.1.48 Vārt. 1; cf also M. Bh. on I.1.50 Vārt. 18 and I.1.51 Vārt. 2: cf. also ह्रस्वमवर्णं प्रयोगे संवृतम् (hrasvamavarṇaṃ prayoge saṃvṛtam) Sīradeva Pari. 17. 6

context information

Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Avarṇa (अवर्ण).—a.

1) Colourless, having no marks.

2) Bad, low, destitute of good qualities. (-rṇaḥ) 1 Scandal, illrepute, stigma, spot; सोढुं न तत्पूर्वमवर्णमीशे (soḍhuṃ na tatpūrvamavarṇamīśe) R.14.38.

2) Blame, censure; न चावदद् भर्तुरवर्णमार्या (na cāvadad bharturavarṇamāryā) 57 spoke no ill words.

3) Epithet of 18 letters according to ह्रस्व, दीर्घ, प्लुत, उदात्त, अनुदात्त (hrasva, dīrgha, pluta, udātta, anudātta) &c.

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

Avarṇa (अवर्ण).—(?) , adj., in Mv iii.343.1 °ṇaś ca, epithet of the Buddha's voice (svara); hence must be complimentary; but Sanskrit id. and Pali avaṇṇa are normally uncomplimen- tary. Senart has no v.l. or note and does not list the word in his Index. Perhaps semi-MIndic for Sanskrit avarṇya (or read this?), indescribable; compare Pali avaṇṇanīya.

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

Avarṇa (अवर्ण).—mfn.

(-rṇaḥ-rṇā-rṇī-rṇaṃ) 1. Colourless. 2. Bad, low, destitude of good qualities. m.

(-rṇaḥ) Censure, blame. E. a neg. and varṇa praise, colour, &c.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Avarṇa (अवर्ण).—m. reproach, blame, [Raghuvaṃśa, (ed. Stenzler.)] 14, 38.

Avarṇa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms a and varṇa (वर्ण).

context information

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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