Gunakalpana, Guṇakalpanā, Guna-kalpana: 1 definition


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[«previous next»] — Gunakalpana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Guṇakalpanā (गुणकल्पना).—f. imputing a figurative meaning, one of the modes of interpreting a sentence. According to it an expression may be understood as conveying not what is actually expressed by it but the quality or qualities thereof. e. g. सिंहो देवदत्तः (siṃho devadattaḥ) means प्रसह्यकरी देवदत्तः (prasahyakarī devadattaḥ); ŚB. on MS.1.2.1.

Guṇakalpanā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms guṇa and kalpanā (कल्पना).

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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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