- (linguistics) To render a non-Sanskrit word etc. in a form characteristic of Sanskrit phonology or morphology.
- (linguistics) To influence a non-Sanskrit language by Sanskritic vocabulary.
- 1926, Suniti Kumar Chatterji, The Origin and Development of the Bengali Language, page 134:
- Literary Bengali of prose, during the greater part of the 19th century, was thus a doubly artificial language ; and, with its forms belonging to Middle Bengali, and its vocabulary highly Sanskritised, it could only be compared to a ‘ Modern English ’ with a Chaucerian grammar and a super-Johnsonian vocabulary, if such a thing could be conceived.
- (linguistics) To convert a non-Sanskrit word, particularly a Pali word, to its equivalent Sanskrit form.
- (South Asia, Southeast Asia) To emulate rituals and practices of upper classes so as to gain upward social mobility.
to render in a Sanskrit style
to influence by Sanskritic vocabulary
to emulate rituals and practices of upper classes