Kaitavapahnuti, Kaitavāpahnuti, Kaitava-apahnuti: 2 definitions


Kaitavapahnuti means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

In Hinduism

Kavyashastra (science of poetry)

[«previous next»] — Kaitavapahnuti in Kavyashastra glossary
Source: Shodhganga: The Kavyavilasa of Ciranjiva Bhattacarya (kavyashastra)

Kaitavāpahnuti (कैतवापह्नुति) refers to one of the 93 alaṃkāras (“figures of speech”) mentioned by Cirañjīva Bhaṭṭācārya (fl. 17th century) in his Kāvyavilāsa and is listed as one of the 89 arthālaṃkāras (figure of speech determined by the sense, as opposed to sound).

After discussing paryastāpahnuti Cirañjīva proceeds to discuss kaitavāpahnuti. When a fact is denied by the speaker by using the words like vyāja, miṣa etc. it is called kaitavāpahnuti.

Example of the kaitavāpahnuti-alaṃkāra:—

madhyātsamānīya susārabhāgaṃ vakṣojamutpādayitā vidhātā |
atiprayatnātrivalīmiṣeṇa sopānavartmatritayaṃ cakāra ||

“The creator has produced the breast by bringing up the extreamly substantial part from the middle portion and in the pretext of creating with great effort the three mascular rinkles of the belly, he has made the path with three steps”.

Notes: In this verse the three mascular folds of the belly are denied, so it is an example of kaitavāpahnuti.

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Kavyashastra (काव्यशास्त्र, kāvyaśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian tradition of poetry (kavya). Canonical literature (shastra) of the includes encyclopedic manuals dealing with prosody, rhetoric and various other guidelines serving to teach the poet how to compose literature.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kaitavapahnuti in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kaitavāpahnuti (कैतवापह्नुति):—[from kaitava] f. a kind of rhetorical figure [commentator or commentary] on [Vāsavadattā]

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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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