Pralapa, Pralāpa: 10 definitions

Introduction

Pralapa 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.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Pralāpa (प्रलाप, “prattling”) refers to one of the twelve froms of verbal representation (vācika), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 24. These verbal representations are to be expressed using the various representations of the body (śārira). Vācika forms a part of abhinaya (techniques of representation) which is used in communicating the meaning of the drama (nāṭya) and calling forth the sentiment (rasa).

According to the Nāṭyaśāastra, “irrelevant words are called Prattling (pralāpa)”.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Ancient Science of Life: Yogaśataka of Pandita Vararuci

Pralāpa (प्रलाप) refers to “delirium”, and is mentioned in the 10th century Yogaśataka written by Pandita Vararuci.—The Yogaśataka of Pandita Vararuci is an example of this category. This book attracts reader by its very easy language and formulations which can be easily prepared and have small number of herbs. It describes only those formulations which are the most common and can be used in majority conditions of diseases (viz., Pralāpa).

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: archive.org: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

Pralāpa (प्रलाप, “prattle”) is found with other words of similar import in the Atharvaveda, and in the Brāhmaṇas of the Rigveda. The phrase Aitaśa-pralāpa, ‘Discourse of Aitaśa’, occurs as a designation of certain passages of the Atharvaveda. The name has no justification in the text itself.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

pralāpa (प्रलाप).—m S Unconnected and unmeaning speech (as in delirium or sleep).

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

pralāpa (प्रलाप).—m Unconnected and unmeaning speech.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pralāpa (प्रलाप).—

1) Talk, conversation, discourse.

2) Prating, prattling, an incoherent or nonsensical talk; Ms.12.6.

3) An unjustified statement, non-sensical statement; न शक्यं नित्येनोपकर्तुम् । तेन नित्यमुपकुर्यादिति वचनं प्रलापः एव (na śakyaṃ nityenopakartum | tena nityamupakuryāditi vacanaṃ pralāpaḥ eva) Ś.B. on MS.6.4.12.

4) Lamentation, wailing; उत्तराप्रलापोप- जनितकृपो भगवान् वासुदेवः (uttarāpralāpopa- janitakṛpo bhagavān vāsudevaḥ) K.175; Ve.5.3; U.3.29; Rām.1.3.22.

Derivable forms: pralāpaḥ (प्रलापः).

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

Pralāpa (प्रलाप).—m.

(-paḥ) 1. Unmeaning or incoherent speech. 2. Speaking. 3. Discourse, conversation. 4. Lamentation. E. pra before, lap to speak, aff. ghañ .

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

Pralāpa (प्रलाप).—i. e. pra-lap + a, m. 1. Prattlement, useless speech, [Uttara Rāmacarita, 2. ed. Calc., 1862.] 84, 1. 2. Lamentation, [Uttara Rāmacarita, 2. ed. Calc., 1862.] 73, 6; [Pañcatantra] 213, 2.

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

Pralāpa (प्रलाप).—[masculine] talk, prattle, chattering, unintelligible or delirious speech; lament (also [neuter]).

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

1) Pralāpa (प्रलाप):—[=pra-lāpa] [from pra-lap] a m. talk, discourse, prattling, chattering, [Atharva-veda] etc. etc.

2) [v.s. ...] (also n.) lamentation (ārta-p, l° of one in pain), [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa; Pañcatantra] etc.

3) [v.s. ...] incoherent or delirious speech, raving, [Catalogue(s)]

4) [=pra-lāpa] b etc. See under pra-√lap.

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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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