Sanskrit language is known to be scientific as each word in Sanskrit is formed etymologically. This nature of a language is not found in any other Indian language, and neither in English.

For eg: when someone is asked the meaning of ‘कपडा’, they will reply saying it is ‘वस्त्र’, ‘पहनावा’ or another word which replaces the original word. Here is where the uniqueness of Sanskrit comes to the fore. In Sanskrit, वस्त्रम् is derived from  वस्यते = आच्छाद्यते इति वस्त्रम् (one which is used to cover is called vastram). The meaning is understood by its etymology i.e. वस्यते = आच्छाद्यते इति वस्त्रम् (one which is used to cover is called vastram).

This blog is dedicated to understanding Sanskrit words with their etymology, translation, examples from various Sanskrit texts and simple examples, synonyms etc. This blog aims to help the readers make the right usage of Sanskrit word at the right place.


Contributed by: Asst. Prof. Vinayak Rajat Bhat

Name of the Series: शब्दसुधा – Śabda-sudhā – Sanskrit Snapshot

Category of the Word: अव्ययम् (Indeclinable words)

सदृशं त्रिषु लिङ्गेषु सर्वासु च विभक्तिषु ।
वचनेषु च सर्वेषु यन्न व्येति तदव्ययम् ॥

One which is same in all the genders, all the cases and,
which never changes even in numbers is called ‘अव्ययम्’, i.e., indeclinable words.

Word list:
1. मुहुः

2. अभीक्ष्णम्

3. असकृत्

4. शश्वत्

5. स्राक्

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