Ekartha, aka: Ekārtha, Eka-artha; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Ekārtha (एकार्थ, “tautology”) refers to one of the faults (doṣa) of a dramatic play (kāvya), according to Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 17.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Ekārtha (एकार्थ, “tautology”).—One of the ten doṣa (faults) of a kāvya (dramatic play);—Description of ekārtha: Tautology (ekārtha), means indiscriminating use of many words for a single purpose.

Source: archive.org: Natya Shastra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., 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) and poetic works (kavya).

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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

1) Ekārtha (एकार्थ).—Possessed of one sense as contrasted with बह्वर्थ, द्व्यर्थ (bahvartha, dvyartha) etc:

2) Ekārtha.—Synonym, cf. बहवो हि शब्दा एकार्था भवन्ति । तद्यथा इन्द्रः शक्रः पुरुहूतः पुरंदरः । (bahavo hi śabdā ekārthā bhavanti | tadyathā indraḥ śakraḥ puruhūtaḥ puraṃdaraḥ |) M. Bh. on I.2.45 Vārt. 9;

3) Ekārtha.—Possessed of a composite sense; cf. समासे पुनरेकार्थानि (samāse punarekārthāni) M. Bh. on II. 1.1 Vārt I. The words एकार्थ्य (ekārthya) and एकार्थत्व (ekārthatva) derived from the word एकार्थ (ekārtha) are often found used in the sense of 'possession of a composite sense' एकार्थस्य भावः एकार्थता,ऐकार्थ्ये एकार्थत्वं वा (ekārthasya bhāvaḥ ekārthatā, aikārthye ekārthatvaṃ vā); cf. समासस्यैकार्थत्वंत्संज्ञाया अप्रसिद्धिः (samāsasyaikārthatvaṃtsaṃjñāyā aprasiddhiḥ) M. Bh. on P.I.2.42 Vārt 1; cf. also the word एकार्थी-भावः (ekārthī-bhāvaḥ)

4) Ekārtha.—Potent to be connected; समर्थ (samartha); cf. सुप्सुपा एकार्थम् (supsupā ekārtham) (समस्यते (samasyate)) C. Vy. II.2.1;

5) Ekārtha.—Analogous समाना-धिकरण (samānā-dhikaraṇa) cf. एकार्थं चानेकं च । एकः समानः अर्थः अधिकरणं यस्य तदेकार्थं समानाधिकरणम् (ekārthaṃ cānekaṃ ca | ekaḥ samānaḥ arthaḥ adhikaraṇaṃ yasya tadekārthaṃ samānādhikaraṇam) Hem. Vy. III. 1.22: cf. also एकार्थे च । (ekārthe ca |) Śāk. II.1.4.

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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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

Ekārtha (एकार्थ).—a.

1) having one and the same meaning, having the same object in view; राजन्यकान्युपायज्ञैरेकार्थानि चरैस्तव (rājanyakānyupāyajñairekārthāni caraistava) Śi.2.114.

2) (Rhet.) Tautological (as a sentence); Kāvyālaṅkāravṛtti. 2.1.11. (-rthaḥ) 1 the same thing, object, or intention.

2) the same meaning.

3) Name of a glossary (of synonymous words); cf. एकार्थनाममाला (ekārthanāmamālā).

Ekārtha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms eka and artha (अर्थ).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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