Pathama, Paṭhama: 2 definitions


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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

paṭhama : (adj.) first; foremost; former.

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

Paṭhama, (adj.) (Ved. prathama, cp. Av. frat∂ma; also Ved. prataraṃ further, Gr. prόteros superl. formation fr. prep. *pro, Sk. pra etc. see pa°) num. ord. “the first, ” in foll. meanings: (1) the first, foremost, former Sn. 93, 436, 1031; J. II, 110; KhA. I, 192; DhA. III, 5, 196 (°vaya, contrasted with majjhima & pacchima); PvA. 5, 13, 56. nt. Acc. paṭhamaṃ at first, for the first time Vin. I, 16; D. II, 14; Dh. 158; J. I, 222; II, 103, 153; often as first part of cpd. °-, meaning either “first” or “recently, newly, just” Vin. I, 1 (°âbhisambuddha having just attained Buddhaship); D. III, 253 (°âbhinibbatta), Sn. 420 (°uppattika “in his first youth”); J. III, 394 (°uggata newly sprung up).—A second compar. formation is paṭhamatara, only as adv. °ṃ at the (very) first, as early as possible, first of all Vin. I, 30; J. VI, 510; DhA. I, 138; VvA. 230; PvA. 93. (Page 402)

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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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