Nirutti: 3 definitions



Nirutti means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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 Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A work on exegesis, ascribed to Maha Kaccayana and divided into two parts: Culanirutti and Mahanirutti (Gv.59, 65; Svd.1233f). Atika on it exists, the Niruttisaramanjusa, written by Saddhammaguru. Bode, p.29; Gv.60.

context information

Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

nirutti : (f.) language; philology.

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

Nirutti, (f.) (Sk. nirukti, nis+vac) one of the Vedāṅgas (see chaḷaṅga), explanation of words, grammatical analysis, etymological interpretation; pronunciation, dialect, way of speaking, expression Vin. II, 139 (pabbajitā ... sakāya niruttiyā Buddhavacanaṃ dūsenti); D. I, 202 (loka°, expression); M. III, 237 (janapada°); S. III, 71 (tayo n-pathā); A. II, 160 (°paṭisambhidā); III, 201; Dh. 352 (°padakovida=niruttiyañ ca sesapadesu cā ti catūsu pi paṭisambhidāsu cheko ti attho DhA. IV, 70; i.e. skilled in the dialect or the original language of the holy Scriptures); Ps. I, 88 sq.; II, 150 (°paṭisambhidā); Nd2 563; Dhs. 1307; Nett 4, 8, 33, 105; Miln. 22; Vism. 441; SnA 358; PvA. 97. (Page 370)

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context information

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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