Avarna, aka: Avarṇa; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Vyakarana (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

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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

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: DDSA: The practical 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: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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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