Nrishamsa, Nṛśaṃsa, Nri-shamsa: 7 definitions


Nrishamsa means something in 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 Nṛśaṃsa can be transliterated into English as Nrsamsa or Nrishamsa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra

Nṛśaṃsa (नृशंस) is a Sanskrit word referring to “cruel person” (one devoid of pity). The word is used throughout Dharmaśāstra literature such as the Manusmṛti. (also see the Manubhāṣya verse 4.216)

Source: Google Books: Manusmṛti with the Manubhāṣya

Nṛśaṃsa (नृशंस).—is one who sings the praises of men, known as the bandī (‘bard’). Or, it may stand for the pitiless man. (See the Manubhāṣya verse 4.216)

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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Nṛśaṃsa (नृशंस) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. XIV.8.23, XIV.8) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Nṛśaṃsa) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

nṛśaṃsa (नृशंस).—a S Mischievous, injurious, disposed to destroy or hurt.

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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-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nṛśaṃsa (नृशंस).—a. [nṝn śaṃsati hiṃsati śaṃs-aṇ]

1) Wicked, malicious, cruel, mischievous, base; किमिदानीं नृशंसेन चारित्रमपि दूषितम् (kimidānīṃ nṛśaṃsena cāritramapi dūṣitam) Mk.3.25; Ms.3.41; Y.1.164.

2) Ved. To be praised by men.

-sam a wicked, vile act; विचित्रवीर्यस्य सुतः सपुत्रः कृत्वा नृशंसं बत पश्यति स्म (vicitravīryasya sutaḥ saputraḥ kṛtvā nṛśaṃsaṃ bata paśyati sma) Mb.3.119.12.

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Nṛśaṃsa (नृशंस).—a. A vile and cruel man; इतरेषु तु शिष्टेषु नृशंसानृतवादिनम् (itareṣu tu śiṣṭeṣu nṛśaṃsānṛtavādinam) Ms.

Nṛśaṃsa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nṛ and śaṃsa (शंस).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Nṛśaṃsa (नृशंस).—mfn.

(-saḥ-sā-saṃ) Malicious, wicked, hurtful, injurious, mischievous, destructive. E. nṛ man, śasi to hurt, aff. aṇa .

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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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