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[poo-rah-nuh] /pʊˈrɑ nə/
any of 18 collections of Hindu legends and religious instructions.
Origin of Purana
1690-1700; < Sanskrit: of old
Related forms
Puranic, adjective Unabridged
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  • In early puranic times, when Brahmanism was revived and reformed, the worship of goddesses came into prominence.

    Indian Myth and Legend Donald Alexander Mackenzie
  • This story has an uncouth and barbarous air and seems out of place even in puranic mythology.

British Dictionary definitions for puranic


any of a class of Sanskrit writings not included in the Vedas, characteristically recounting the birth and deeds of Hindu gods and the creation, destruction, or recreation of the universe
Derived Forms
Puranic, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Sanskrit: ancient, from purā formerly
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Word Origin and History for puranic


ancient Sanskrit writings of a legendary character, 1690s, from Sanskrit puranah, literally "ancient, former," from pura "formerly, before," cognate with Greek paros "before," pro "before," Avestan paro "before," Old English fore, from PIE *pre-, from root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per). Related: Puranic.

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