Duhshila, Duḥśīla: 16 definitions


Duhshila means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi. 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.

The Sanskrit term Duḥśīla can be transliterated into English as Duhsila or Duhshila, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Duhshila in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Duḥśīla (दुःशील).—Killed Candragupta, a commander of Bhaṇḍa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 25. 99.
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Duḥśīla (दुःशील, “ill-natured”) refers to a term to be used by women who is angered addressing their beloved, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 24. Accordingly, “he who is cruel, impatient, conceited, shameless, bragging, given to crossing words, is called ‘ill-natured’ (duḥśīla)”.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (shastra) of performing arts, (natya—theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing Dramatic plays (nataka), construction and performance of Theater, and Poetic works (kavya).

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Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Duhshila in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Duḥśīlā (दुःशीला) is the wife of Devadāsa, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 58. Accordingly, “... of old time there lived in a village a householder named Devadāsa, and he had a wife named with good cause Duḥśīlā. And the neighbours knew that she was in love with another man”.

The story of Duḥśīlā was narrated by Hariśikha to Naravāhanadatta in order to demonstrate that “a woman whose heart is fixed on another man infallibly kills like the snake”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Duḥśīlā, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Duḥśīla (दुःशील) refers to “one who is badly behaved”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, while describing the signs of one who is not a Siddha: “He is excessively tall, bald, deformed, short, dwarfish, his nose is ugly or he has black teeth and is wrathful . Some of his limbs are missing and is deceitful, cripple and deformed, foolish, inauspicious, envious, deluded, badly behaved [i.e., duḥśīla], and violent; without any teacher, he is devoid of the rites, he maligns the Krama without cause, he is not devoted to the Siddhas, he (always) suffers and is without wisdom. He is (always) ill and one should know that he is (always) attached (to worldly objects) and has no scripture. He has no energy and is dull and lazy. Ugly, he lives by cheating and, cruel, he is deluded, and devoid of (any) sense of reality. Such is the characteristic of one who is not accomplished (asiddha) in a past life”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Duḥśīla (दुःशील) refers to “immoral beings”, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 36).—Accordingly, “If the Bhikṣu thinks about his own virtues of abandonment and discipline (śīla), his fear also disappears. Actually, immoral (duḥśīla) beings fear falling into hell and misers fear being reborn among the hungry ghosts or among poor people. The Bhikṣu himself remembers that he has pure morality and generosity-abandonment. If he recollects his pure discipline or his own abandonment, his mind is joyful and he says to himself: ‘As long as my life is not exhausted, I will still increase my virtues and, at the end of my life, I will not be afraid of falling into the unfortunate destinies’.This is why the recollection of discipline (śīlānusmṛti) and the recollection of renunciation can also prevent fear from arising”.

Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Duḥśīla (दुःशील) refers to “immoral beings”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “[...] Thus he becomes one who subjugates the works of Māra (mārakarman). What then is the subjugation of the works of Māra? That by means of which none of Māra can find a weak point in the Bodhisattva. [...] (19) being angry about immoral beings (duḥśīla) is the work of Māra; (20) not respecting one who maintains the morality is the work of Māra; (21) conformity to the training of disciples is the work of Māra; (22) conformity to the way of isolated Buddhas is the work of Māra; [...]”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

duḥśīla (दुःशील).—a (S) Of an evil disposition, ill-natured.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Duḥśīla (दुःशील).—mfn.

(-laḥ-lā-laṃ) ill behaved, reprobate, abandoned. E. dur, and śīla behaviour.

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

Duḥśīla (दुःशील).—adj. wicked, [Rāmāyaṇa] 3, 2, 23.

Duḥśīla is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dus and śīla (शील).

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

Duḥśīla (दुःशील).—[adjective] having a bad character or disposition; [abstract] [feminine]

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

1) Duḥśīla (दुःशील):—[=duḥ-śīla] [from duḥ] mfn. badly disposed, ill-behaved, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc. (-tā f., [Manvarthamuktāvalī, kullūka bhaṭṭa’s Commentary on manu-smṛti])

2) Duḥśīlā (दुःशीला):—[=duḥ-śīlā] [from duḥ-śīla > duḥ] f. Name of a woman, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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

Duḥśīla (दुःशील):—[duḥ-śīla] (laḥ-lā-laṃ) a. Ill-behaved.

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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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Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Duḥśīla (दुःशील):—(a) insolent, impudent, impertinent, ill-bred, wicked; hence ~[] (nf).

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Duḥśīla (ದುಃಶೀಲ):—[adjective] badly disposed; ill-natured; of reprehensible nature; indulging unlawful sexual activity.

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Duḥśīla (ದುಃಶೀಲ):—

1) [noun] a man who is ill-disposed, ill-natured or of objectionable character.

2) [noun] a man indulging in unlawful sexual activity.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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