Vaci, aka: Vacī; 5 Definition(s)


Vaci means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Vachi.

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Pali-English dictionary

vacī : (f.) speech; word.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Vacī, (°-) (the composition form of vaco) speech, words; rare by itself (and in this case re-established from cpds.) and poetical, as at Sn. 472 (yassa vacī kharā; explained at SnA 409 by “vācā”), 973 (cudito2 vacīhi=vācāhi SnA 574). Otherwise in cpds, like: —gutta controlled in speech Sn. 78. —para one who excels in words (not in actions), i.e. a man of words J. II, 390. —parama id. D. III, 185. —bheda “kind of words, ” what is like speech, i.e. talk or language Vin. IV, 2; Miln. 231 (meaning here: break of the vow of speech?); various saying, detailed speech, specification KhA 13; SnA 464, 466. See also vākya-bheda & vācaṃ bhindati. —viññatti intimation by language Vism. 448; Miln. 370; Dhs. 637. —vipphāra dilating in talk Miln. 230, 370. —samācāsa good conduct in speech M. II, 114; III, 45; D. III, 217. ‹-› Often coupled (as triad) with kāya° & mano° (=in deed & in mind; where vācā is used when not compounded), e.g. in (vacī) —kamma (+kāya° & mano°) deed by word M. I, 373, 417; III, 207; D. III, 191, 245; °duccarita misbehaviour in words (four of these, viz. musāvāda, pisuṇā vācā, pharusā vācā, samphappalāpa A. II, 141 D. III, 52, 96, 111, 214, 217; Nd1 386; Pug. 60; DhA. I, 23; III, 417; °saṅkhāra antecedent or requisite for speech M. I, 301; A. III, 350; S. IV, 293; VbhA. 167; Vism. 531; °sañcetanā intention by word VbhA. 144; °sucarita good conduct in speech A. II, 141 (the 4: sacca-vācā, apisuṇā vācā, saṇhā vācā, mantā bhāsā). (Page 592)

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

vācī (वाची).—a S That expresses or is expressive of. In comp. as guṇavācī, kālavācī, dēśavācī, dharma- vācī.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vācī (वाची).—a (In compound) Expressive of, as guṇavācī, dēśavācī.

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

Vacī (वची).—(once in Sanskrit vaci-bhedāt, BR; Pali id., mostly in cpds.; AMg. vai, common), speech, word: kāyakarma vacīkarma manokarma…Mv i.102.4 (verse; ī could be m.c.).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
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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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