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[rig-vey-duh, -vee-duh] /rɪgˈveɪ də, -ˈvi də/
noun, Hinduism.
one of the Vedas, a collection of 1028 hymns, dating from not later than the second millennium b.c.
Compare Veda.
Origin of Rig-Veda
From the Sanskrit word ṛgveda
Related forms
[rig-vey-dik, -vee-] /rɪgˈveɪ dɪk, -ˈvi-/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for rig veda
Historical Examples
  • We have no books of poetry here, except a Lithuanian translation of the rig veda.

    Old Friends Andrew Lang
  • A passage from the rig veda speaks likewise of the time, or rather the no-time, which preceded all things.

    Nature Mysticism J. Edward Mercer
  • She is mentioned only twice in the rig veda, and then without any emphasis or complementary epithet.

  • In drawing any deductions from the hymns of the rig veda it must be remembered that it is the manual of the Hotri priests.

  • The rig veda depicts a life not far advanced in material arts but, considering the date, humane and civilized.

  • Though the rig veda calls him the creator and destroyer of all things, he is not God in our sense any more than other deities are.

  • The oldest literary shape of the tale of Psyche and her lover is found in the rig veda (x. 95).

    Custom and Myth Andrew Lang
  • In the rig veda, then, we dimly discern a parting between a mortal man and an immortal bride, and a promise of reconciliation.

    Custom and Myth Andrew Lang
  • The Dawn, it appears, in the rig veda is said to leave no footsteps behind her (apad).

    Popular Tales Charles Perrault
  • The seeds of Hinduism, even the doctrine of caste, may be traced in the rig veda, and a modern orthodox.

British Dictionary definitions for rig veda


/rɪɡˈveɪdə; -ˈviːdə/
a compilation of 1028 Hindu poems dating from 2000 bc or earlier
Word Origin
C18: from Sanskrit rigveda, from ric song of praise + Veda
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Word Origin and History for rig veda

Rig veda

1776, from Sanskrit rigveda, from rg- "praise, hymn, spoken stanza," literally "brightness," from PIE *erkw- "to radiate, beam; praise" + veda "knowledge," from PIE *weid-o-, from root *weid- "to know, see" (see vision (n.)). A thousand hymns, orally transmitted, probably dating from before 1000 B.C.E. Related: Rig-vedic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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