Synonyms of 'Sanskrit'
language note:Most of the words which have come into English from Sanskrit are connected with eastern religions, such as mantra, guru, karma, and nirvana. These words have all developed more general meanings alongside their specialised religious sense. For example, mantra, literally 'speech', in Hinduism is a sacred word or sound which aids concentration and carries spiritual meaning. In general language, mantra means a kind of catchphrase or slogan, e.g. Right now, his mantra is 'make love, not war'. In both Hinduism and Buddhism the concept of karma means that a person's past deeds will decide their future reincarnations. It has developed a looser meaning of 'fate' or 'destiny' in general language where bad deeds are punished and good deeds rewarded by the universe. Nirvana, literally 'extinction', has similarly generated a non-religious meaning. In Hinduism and Buddhism, nirvana is liberation from the cycle of reincarnation. In general language it means paradise or a state of bliss. Although guru refers to a Hindu or Sikh religious teacher, it has also been used of an expert or leader in any field, particularly in a mocking way, e.g. the most venerable management guru of them all.
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Thesaurus for Sanskrit from the Collins English Thesaurus
Sanskrit is an ancient language which used to be spoken in India and is now used only in religious writings and ceremonies .