Origin of shastra

First recorded in 1620–30, shastra is from the Sanskrit word śāstra
Related formsshas·trik, shas·tra·ik [shah-strey-ik] /ʃɑˈstreɪ ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for shastra

Historical Examples of shastra

  • They import indigo from Shastra (or from India), by the Khurum river.

    Needlework As Art

    Marian Alford

  • Blame me not, I am only arguing from the strict standpoint of view of Shastra.

    Chaitanya's Life And Teachings

    Krishna das Kaviraja

  • A shaster or shastra, from the Sanskrit root ças, to govern, relates to discipline.

    The Religions of Japan

    William Elliot Griffis

  • After long study they returned, bringing the Chinese translation of this shastra into Japan.

    The Religions of Japan

    William Elliot Griffis

  • This shastra was the work of a Hindu whose name means Lion-armor, and who lived about nine centuries after Gautama.

    The Religions of Japan

    William Elliot Griffis

British Dictionary definitions for shastra


shaster (ˈʃɑːstə) or sastra

  1. any of the sacred writings of Hinduism

Word Origin for shastra

C17: from Sanskrit śāstra, from śās to teach
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