Nishkaruna, Nihkaruna, Niṣkarūṇa: 13 definitions


Nishkaruna means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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 Niṣkarūṇa can be transliterated into English as Niskaruna or Nishkaruna, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Nishkaruna in Mahayana glossary
Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Niḥkaruṇā (निःकरुणा) refers to “merciless (curses)”, according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly [after the Nāga-curse was uttered], “Then the Four Great Kings, led by Vaiśravaṇa, addressed the Bhagavān, ‘O Bhagavān, extremely frightening Nāga-curse mantrapadas have been uttered, merciless (niḥkaruṇā-śapatha) curses have been uttered’”.

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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

[«previous next»] — Nishkaruna in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

Niṣkarūṇa (निष्करूण).—a S Unmerciful or unpitiful.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

Niṣkaruṇa (निष्करुण).—a Unmerciful or unpitiful.

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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

[«previous next»] — Nishkaruna in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Niṣkaruṇa (निष्करुण).—mfn.

(-ṇaḥ-ṇā-ṇaṃ) Cruel unpitying, unmerciful. E. nir neg. karuṇa compassionate.

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

Niṣkaruṇa (निष्करुण).—adj. cruel, [Pañcatantra] iv. [distich] 16.

Niṣkaruṇa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nis and karuṇa (करुण).

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

Niṣkaruṇa (निष्करुण).—[adjective] pitiless, cruel ([abstract] [feminine]*).

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

Niṣkaruṇa (निष्करुण):—[=niṣ-karuṇa] [from niṣ > niḥ] mf(ā)n. pitiless, unmerciful, cruel (-tā f.), [Harivaṃśa; Kāvya literature] etc.

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

Niṣkaruṇa (निष्करुण):—[ni-ṣkaruṇa] (ṇaḥ-ṇā-ṇaṃ) a. Cruel.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Niṣkaruṇa (निष्करुण) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Ṇikkaruṇa.

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Nishkaruna in German

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Nishkaruna in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Niḥkaruṇa (ನಿಃಕರುಣ):—[adjective] without pity, compassion; ruthless; cruel.

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Niḥkaruṇa (ನಿಃಕರುಣ):—

1) [noun] want of pity, compassion; pitilessness; ruthlessness.

2) [noun] a pitiless, ruthless man.

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Niṣkaruṇa (ನಿಷ್ಕರುಣ):—[adjective] not having or showing pity, compassion; pitiless; ruthless.

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Niṣkaruṇa (ನಿಷ್ಕರುಣ):—

1) [noun] = ನಿಷ್ಕುರುಣೆ [nishkurune].

2) [noun] a pitiless, ruthless man.

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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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