Shishtacara, Śiṣṭācāra, Sishtacara, Shishta-acara: 11 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Śiṣṭācāra can be transliterated into English as Sistacara or Shishtacara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Shishtachara.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Shishtacara in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Śiṣṭācāra (शिष्टाचार) refers to the “conventions of society”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.26. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] censured and rebuked thus by Nandin, Dakṣa the patriarch who was still furious cursed Nandin too. Dakṣa said:—‘[...] You all will be confirmed heretics, out of the conventions of society (śiṣṭācāra). You will indulge in drinking wine. Matted hair, ashes and bones will be your embellishments’”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Śiṣṭācāra (शिष्टाचार).—Characteristics of; eight limbs are gifts, truth, tapas, non-covetousness, learning, sacrifice, honour and modesty (giving birth to a son and sympathy, Vāyu-purāṇa). Practised by seven sages; the features of the above eight limbs; the śiṣṭas are Manu and the seven sages who promulgate laws relating to Trayī, Vārtā and Daṇḍanīti, Ijyā and Varṇāśrama; the ācāras are besides the two-fold śrauta and smārta dharma.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 32. 36; 35. 192; IV. 3. 49; Matsya-purāṇa 145. 33-34. 37, 39, 42-52; Vāyu-purāṇa 59. 33-37; 102. 70.
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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

[«previous next»] — Shishtacara in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

śiṣṭācāra (शिष्टाचार).—m (S) The manner and procedure, the custom and course, of the venerable and good; the walk and ways of the excellent of the earth. 2 The presents (of articles of apparel &c.) made to the master of the house at a wedding &c. 3 A practice or observance uncommanded by the Shastras and having only the warrant of ancient and venerable custom. śi0 karaṇēṃ To perform or observe a rite heedlessly or superficially; mindful only that the established custom be not altogether infringed.

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siṣṭācāra (सिष्टाचार).—&c. Corruptly written for śiṣṭa &c.

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

śiṣṭācāra (शिष्टाचार).—m The manner and procedure, the custom and course, of the venera- ble and good.

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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 dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shishtacara in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Śiṣṭācāra (शिष्टाचार).—

1) the practice of wise men.

2) good manners, good breeding.

Derivable forms: śiṣṭācāraḥ (शिष्टाचारः).

Śiṣṭācāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms śiṣṭa and ācāra (आचार).

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

Śiṣṭācāra (शिष्टाचार).—mfn.

(-raḥ-rā-raṃ) Well-behaved. m.

(-raḥ) Good-manners, proper behaviour. E. śiṣṭa, and ācāra observance.

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

Śiṣṭācāra (शिष्टाचार).—1. [masculine] the conduct of well-bred men.

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Śiṣṭācāra (शिष्टाचार).—2. [adjective] behaving like well-bred men.

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

1) Śiṣṭacāra (शिष्टचार):—[=śiṣṭa-cāra] [from śiṣṭa > śiṣ] (bhāc) m. history or tradition of eminent persons, [Horace H. Wilson]

2) Śiṣṭācāra (शिष्टाचार):—[from śiṣṭa > śiṣ] m. practice or conduct of the learned or virtuous, good manners, proper behaviour, [Vasiṣṭha]

3) [v.s. ...] mfn. acting like a learned man, well-behaved, [Mahābhārata]

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

Śiṣṭācāra (शिष्टाचार):—[śiṣṭā-cāra] (raḥ-rā-raṃ) a. Well behaved. n. Good manners.

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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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Hindi dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shishtacara in Hindi glossary
Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Śiṣṭācāra (शिष्टाचार) [Also spelled shistachar]:—(nm) etiquette; courtesy, decency; —[ke nāte] out of courtesy/etiquette.

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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shishtacara in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Śiṣṭācāra (ಶಿಷ್ಟಾಚಾರ):—

1) [noun] a following or observing of prescribed customs, rules, ceremonies, etc.; propriety.

2) [noun] the code of ceremonial forms and courtesies, of precedence, etc. accepted as proper and correct in official dealings, as between heads of states or diplomatic officials; protocol.

3) [noun] (fig.) a mere formal observance of propriety or prescribed customs, rules, without sincere understanding of the significance.

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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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