Nunam, Nūnam: 13 definitions


Nunam means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Nūnam (नूनम्) means “certainly”, according to the Kularatnapañcakāvatāra verse 5.12-13.—Accordingly, “If the basic state of the teacher and the one who takes (initiation) accords with sattva, then the Śāmbhava (initiation by) piercing certainly [i.e., nūnam] takes place. One should know that the one due to Śakti (takes place) when there is rajas and in the case of tamas it is considered to be the Āṇava one. O fair lady, when the basic state is a mixed one, the triple Command operates”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Nūnam (नूनम्) refers to “certainly”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.15 (“The penance and reign of Tārakāsura”).—Accordingly, as Tāraka said to Brahmā: “O Pitāmaha, if you are glad and ready to grant me the boon what is it that cannot be achieved by me? Hence I request you for this boon. Please listen. O lord of gods, if you are pleased and if a boon is to be given to me, be kind enough to grant me two boons. O great lord, there should certainly [i.e., nūnam] be no man equal to me in strength in this entire universe created by you. [...]”.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nūnam (नूनम्).—ind.

1) Certainly, assuredly, surely, verily, indeed; अद्यापि नूनं हरकोपवह्निस्त्वयि ज्वलत्यौर्व इवाम्बुराशौ (adyāpi nūnaṃ harakopavahnistvayi jvalatyaurva ivāmburāśau) Ś.3.3; Meghadūta 9,18,46; Bhartṛhari 1.11; Kumārasambhava 1.12;5.75; R.1.29.

2) Most probably, in all probability; नूनं त्वया परिभवं च वनं च घोरम् (nūnaṃ tvayā paribhavaṃ ca vanaṃ ca ghoram) (avāpya) Uttararāmacarita 4.23.

3) Ved. Now, just now, just.

4) Immediately.

5) In future.

6) Now, then, therefore.

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

Nūnam (नूनम्).—ind. 1. Certainly, assuredly. 2. A particle of doubt or delibera- tion. 3. A reminiscent particle. 4. An expletive. E. a particle, nam to bow or bend, aff. vic deriv. irr. or nu + ūna-mi .

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

Nūnam (नूनम्).— (1. nu and the pronoun na, acc.), adv. Surely, [Rāmāyaṇa] 3, 51, 27.

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

Nūnam (नूनम्).—[adverb] now, just; immediately, in future; then, therefore; certainly, indeed.

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

1) Nūnam (नूनम्):—[from nūtana] ind. now, at present, just, immediately, at once

2) [v.s. ...] for the future

3) [v.s. ...] now then, therefore

4) [v.s. ...] ([especially] in later lang.) certainly, assuredly, indeed (also in questions e.g. kadā n, when indeed? kva n, where indeed?), [Ṛg-veda]; etc.

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

Nūnam (नूनम्):—adv. Certainly; questionably.

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

Nūnam (नूनम्) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Ṇūṇa, Ṇūṇaṃ.

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Nunam 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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Prakrit-English dictionary

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

Ṇūṇaṃ (णूणं) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Nūnam.

Ṇūṇaṃ has the following synonyms: Ṇūṇa.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Nūnaṃ (ನೂನಂ):—[adverb] really; certainly; in fact.

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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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