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or Sanscrit

[san-skrit] /ˈsæn skrɪt/
an Indo-European, Indic language, in use since c1200 b.c. as the religious and classical literary language of India.
Abbreviation: Skt.
Also, Sanskritic, Sanscritic. of or relating to Sanskrit.
Origin of Sanskrit
First recorded in 1610-20, Sanskrit is from the Sanskrit word saṃskṛta adorned, perfected
Related forms
Sanskritist, Sanscritist, noun
non-Sanskritic, adjective Unabridged
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  • Ebb and flow and flood-tide have become as difficult as Sanskrit synonyms for me.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • Mr. Borrow derives this name from the Sanskrit Ksump, to go.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • It was Pandit Ramsarvaswa's duty to see to the progress of our Sanskrit.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • Sanskrit and Sanscrit are used interchangeably in the original.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • I could not, nor had I the need to, understand a word of the Sanskrit.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
British Dictionary definitions for Sanskrit


an ancient language of India, the language of the Vedas, of Hinduism, and of an extensive philosophical and scientific literature dating from the beginning of the first millennium bc. It is the oldest recorded member of the Indic branch of the Indo-European family of languages; recognition of the existence of the Indo-European family arose in the 18th century from a comparison of Sanskrit with Greek and Latin. Although it is used only for religious purposes, it is one of the official languages of India
Derived Forms
Sanskritist, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Sanskrit samskrta perfected, literally: put together
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Word Origin and History for Sanskrit

1610s, from Sanskrit samskrtam "put together, well-formed, perfected," neuter of samskrta, from sam "together" (see same) + krta- "to make, do, perform," from PIE *k(w)er- "to make, form" (related to karma). "so called as being the cultivated or literary language, distinguished from the vulgar dialects, or, some say, because regarded as a perfect language, the speech of the gods, formed by infallible rules" [Century Dictionary].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Sanskrit in Culture

Sanskrit definition

The language of ancient India, and one of the oldest languages of the Indo-European family, to which English belongs.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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