Upanishad [oo- pan-i-shad, oo- pah-ni-shahd] EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Hinduism any of a class of speculative prose treatises composed between the 8th and 6th centuries b.c. and first written a.d. c1300: they represent a philosophical development beyond the Vedas, having as their principal message the unity of Brahman and Atman. Origin of Upanishad
sandhi variant of
sad- sit 1 Related forms U·pan·i·shad·ic, adjective
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C19: from Sanskrit
upanisad a sitting down near something, from upa near to + ni down + sīdati he sits
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Word Origin and History for upanishads
class of treatises in Sanskrit literature, 1805, from Sanskrit
upa-nishad, literally "a sitting down beside," from upa "near to" (see up) + ni-shad "to sit or lie down."
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Upanishads [(ooh- pah-nuh-shahdz, ooh- pan-uh-shadz)]
A group of writings sacred in
Hinduism concerning the relations of humans, God, and the universe.
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