Origin of the word "Avatar"?

Can I know the origin of the word Avatar and it's meaning?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Sanskrit "Avatara" - incarnation

    http://spokensanskrit.de/index.php?script=HK&tinpu...

    Etymology

    From avatar (descent, as of a god from heaven to the earth), from ava- (away) + tarati (he crosses).

    The incarnation of a Hindu deity, especially Vishnu, in human or animal form.

    An embodiment, as of a quality or concept; an archetype: the very avatar of cunning.

    A temporary manifestation or aspect of a continuing entity: occultism in its present avatar.

    A representation of a person or thing in computers, networks, etc.

    Vishnu is the Hindu god of goodness. He has come to Earth when needed in the past in a series of so-called descents or avatars. These are incarnations. Tradition says there will be ten of them, nine of which have already passed:

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  • Mary
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    4 years ago

    Excuse me, being English and a frequent user or the word bloody, I'd have to disagree with some points. - Firstly, it's certainly not archaic. Old, maybe, but not archaic as it is still in common usage today. - Secondly, it is most certainly not very vulgar. It's a very light hearted and unoffensive swear word in the scheme of things, as with bugger, git and sod, which are all quite acceptable (although still not polite). I could even get away with saying those words in front of my mother (although I'd probably get a scowl), whereas with some swear words, like crap, sh*t, etc, I'd probably get a shoe thrown at me. It is most likely it have been a corruption of 'by our lady', which was an archaic curse. I doubt it is an actual reference to blood, although I think the if the word 'bloody' hadn't already existed and been in usage I doubt it would have corrupted in the same fashion. Covered in blood is also 'bloody'. In the same way that 'stalk' can mean part of a plant or the action of stalking someone; or 'bill' can mean something you need to pay or a duck's beak.

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  • 3 years ago

    Avatar Etymology

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  • Ana
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    4 years ago

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    It's short for "by our Lady" which is swearing against the queen. It's like saying g-d damned.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

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  • shir
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    From the Hindu "avatara", Sanskrit for descent (the incarnation of a deity in human form)

    Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avatar American Heritage Dictionary
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  • 1 decade ago

    the sanskrit word avatara meaning the descent or reincarnation of a divine being in hindu

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  • 1 decade ago

    Its origin is in Sanskrit and means 'descent' as in from a higher to lower level.

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