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From Sanskrit +‎ -ize.


Sanskritize (third-person singular simple present Sanskritizes, present participle Sanskritizing, simple past and past participle Sanskritized) (transitive)

  1. (linguistics) To render a non-Sanskrit word etc. in a form characteristic of Sanskrit phonology or morphology.
  2. (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.
  3. (linguistics) To convert a non-Sanskrit word, particularly a Pali word, to its equivalent Sanskrit form.
  4. (South Asia, Southeast Asia) To emulate rituals and practices of upper classes so as to gain upward social mobility.

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