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The eastern dialect of Old Iranian, in which the Avesta is written.
1. Of or relating to Avestan.
2. Or or relating to the Avesta.
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(əˈvɛstən) or


(Languages) the oldest recorded language of the Iranian branch of the Indo-European family; the language of the Avesta. Formerly called: Zend
1. (Other Non-Christian Religious Writings) of or relating to the Avesta or its language
2. (Languages) of or relating to the Avesta or its language
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(əˈvɛs tən)

1. the ancient Iranian language in which the Avesta is written.
2. pertaining to the Avesta.
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Noun1.Avestan - an ancient Iranian language
Iranian language, Iranian - the modern Persian language spoken in Iran
2.Avestan - the script in which the ancient Persian language of the Avesta is written
script - a particular orthography or writing system
Adj.1.Avestan - of or pertaining to the Avesta (sacred text of Zoroastrianism)Avestan - of or pertaining to the Avesta (sacred text of Zoroastrianism)
Mazdaism, Zoroastrianism - system of religion founded in Persia in the 6th century BC by Zoroaster; set forth in the Zend-Avesta; based on concept of struggle between light (good) and dark (evil)
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(14) Indeed, after a century of discovery marked by travel writing, came a time of scholarly research based on original literary documents in vernacular languages, ranging from Telugu to Sanskrit and from Avestic to the Indo-Persian.
Beginning with Jacques Derrida's assertion that the seemingly modern biomedical notion of immunity has its origins in the semantics of religion, (22) Esposito returns to Emile Benveniste's etymological studies on the concept of the sacred, and in particular he focuses his attention on the Latin words sacer (sacred) and sanctus (holy) along with pairs of Greek and Avestic terms which, although not precisely equivalent, have similar religious connotations.
from the Old English murnan, to care for, be anxious about, lament over; the Old High German mornen, the Gothic maurnan, the Old Norse morna, to pine away; the Indo-European (s)mer-, to care for, be anxious about, think, consider, remember; the Latin memor, mindful, and memoria, memory; the Avestic mimaria, mindful; the Greek mermeros, causing anxiety, mischievous, baneful, and merimna, care, thought, and more.