Bhavant: 6 definitions


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

Bhavant, (cp. Sk. (& Vedic) bhavant, used as pron. of the 2nd; but constructed with 3rd person of the verb. Probably a contraction fr. bhagavant, see Whitney, Altind. Gr. 456) pron. of polite address “Sir, Lord,” or “venerable, honourable,” or simply “you.” Cases as follows (after Geiger, P. Gr. § 983): sg. Nom. bhavaṃ Sn. 486; D. I, 249; M. I, 484. nt. bhavaṃ M. III, 172. Acc. bhavantaṃ Sn. 597; D. II, 231; Instr. bhotā D. I, 93, 110; S. IV, 120. Gen. bhoto Sn. 565; M. I, 486; Voc. bhavaṃ D. I, 93 & bho D. I, 93; M. I, 484; J. II, 26. See bho also sep.—pl. Nom. bhavanto Sn. p. 107 (only as v. l. ; T. bhagavanto), & bhonto ibid. ; M. II, 2; Miln. 25; Acc. bhavante M. II, 3; Instr. bhavantehi M. III, 13; Gen. bhavataṃ M. II, 3; Voc. bhonto Th. 1, 832; M. II, 2;— f. bhotī: sg. Nom. bhotī Sn. 988; J. III, 95; Acc. bhotiṃ J. VI, 523; Loc. bhotiyā ibid. Voc. bhoti ibid. ; D. II, 249.—On form bhante see this. (Page 500)

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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 dictionary

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

Bhavant (भवन्त्).—used (as in Pali, e.g. Majjhimanikāya (Pali) i.241.7 te bhonto samaṇabrāhmaṇā…vediyanti) like bhagavant, venerable, respected, not necessarily in address (compare Senart Mahāvastu i note 558, on i.235.17): muñcanti yaśasvino bhavato (gen. sg.) Mahāvastu i.236.8 (verse); bhavanto śramaṇā vā brāhmaṇā vā… vedayanti Mahāvastu ii.121.2, 5, etc. (not in address, but simple narration, referring to persons not present); similarly ii.126.13; 127.17; 129.4; 130.7; ya ime bhavantaḥ śramaṇa- brāhmaṇā…vedayanta iti Lalitavistara 247.19; voc. bhavanto, Sirs! gentlemen!, not as subject of a verb in polite address as in Sanskrit: Mahāvastu ii.442.1, 19; beginning a story, bhūtapūrvaṃ bhavanto…rājā…abhūṣi Mahāvastu iii.204.8, Once upon a time, Sirs, there was a king…, and in the sequel; bhavanto yūyaṃ na…śabdaṃ śruṇiṣyatha iii.297.10, sirs, you shall not hear…; often in Divyāvadāna, e.g. 34.23 (bhavanto 'sti kaścid yuṣmābhir dṛṣṭaḥ…); 35.3, etc.; and in Mūla-Sarvāstivāda-Vinaya, e.g. i.64.15.

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

Bhavant (भवन्त्).—properly ptcple. pres. of bhū, m., and f. atī, Lord, lady, used as respectful term of address instead of the second personal pronoun, Thou, You, [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] 9, 6; [Pañcatantra] 107, 8; but taking the verb in the third person, [Pañcatantra] 109, 1; pl., [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] 3, 9; f., 9, 6; pl., 5, 6.

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

Bhavant (भवन्त्).—1. ([nominative] bhavan) [adjective] being, present; [feminine] ntī the present time or tense.

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Bhavant (भवन्त्).—2. ([nominative] [masculine] bhavān, [feminine] bhavatī) [person or personal] [pronoun] of 2^nd [person or personal], with 3^d [person or personal] of the verb, used in respectful address ([plural] also for sgl. & msc. for [neuter]) = your honour, your worship, you.

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Bhavant in German

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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 (even English!). 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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