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1. The oldest and most authoritative body of sacred Hindu texts, composed in Sanskrit and gathered into four collections.
2. Any of these collections.
(Other Non-Christian Religious Writings) any or all of the most ancient sacred writings of Hinduism, esp the Rig-Veda, Yajur-Veda, Sama-Veda, and Atharva-Veda
[C18: from Sanskrit: knowledge; related to veda I know]
Ve•da(ˈveɪ də, ˈvi-)
n., pl. -das.
1. Sometimes, Vedas. the sacred scriptures of Hinduism, esp. as comprising the hymns and formulas in the Rig-Veda, the Sama-Veda, the Atharva-Veda, and the Yajur-Veda.
2. Also called Samhita. any of these individual writings.
Ve•da•ic (vɪˈdeɪ ɪk) adj.
The oldest Hindu writings, dating from c. 1000 BC incorporated in four collections.
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|Noun||1.||Veda - (from the Sanskrit word for `knowledge') any of the most ancient sacred writings of Hinduism written in early Sanskrit; traditionally believed to comprise the Samhitas, the Brahmanas, the Aranyakas, and the Upanishads|
Hindooism, Hinduism - a body of religious and philosophical beliefs and cultural practices native to India and based on a caste system; it is characterized by a belief in reincarnation, by a belief in a supreme being of many forms and natures, by the view that opposing theories are aspects of one eternal truth, and by a desire for liberation from earthly evils
religious text, religious writing, sacred text, sacred writing - writing that is venerated for the worship of a deity