Porisa: 3 definitions


Porisa means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

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Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

porisa : (nt.) manliness; the height of man (with up stretched hand).

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

1) Porisa, 2 (nt.) (abstr. fr. purisa, *pauruṣyaṃ, cp. porisiya and poroseyya) 1. business, doing of a man (or servant, cp. purisa 2), service, occupation; human doing, activity M. I, 85 (rāja°); Vv 6311 (=purisa-kicca VvA. 263); Pv IV. 324 (uṭṭhāna°=purisa-viriya, purisa-kāra PvA. 252).—2. height of a man M. I. 74, 187, 365. (Page 475)

2) Porisa, 1 (adj. -n.) (abstr. fr. purisa, for *pauruṣa or *puruṣya)) 1. (adj.) human, fit for a man Sn. 256 (porisa dhura), cp. porisiya & poroseyya.—2. (m.)=purisa, esp. in sense of purisa 2, i.e. servant, used collectively (abstract formn like Ger. dienerschaft, E. service= servants) “servants” esp. in phrase dāsa-kammakaraporisa Vin. I, 240; A. I, 145, 206; II, 78; III, 45, 76, 260; DhA. IV, 1; dāsa° a servant Sn. 769 (three kinds mentioned at Nd1 11, viz. bhaṭakā kammakarā upajīvino); rāja° king’s service, servant of the king D. I, 135; A. IV, 286, 322; sata° a hundred servants Vism. 121. For purisa in uttama° (=mahāpurisa) Dh. 97 (cp. DhA. II, 188). Cp. posa. (Page 475)

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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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Prakrit-English dictionary

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

1) Porisa (पोरिस) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Pauruṣa.

2) Porisa (पोरिस) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Pauruṣeya.

context information

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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