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1237. Suffix are made feminine abstract nouns

ता . With this suffix are made feminine abstract nouns, denoting the quality of being so and so, from both adjectives and nouns.

a. The form of the primitive is unchanged, and the accent is uniformly on the syllable preceding the suffix.

b. Examples (from the older language) are: devátā divinityvīrátā manlinesspuruṣátā human natureagnítā firehoodapaçútā cattle-lessnessbandhútā relationshipvasútāwealth; nagnátā nakednesssuvīrátā wealth in retainersanapatyátā lack of descendantsagótā poverty in cattleabrahmátā lack of devotionaprajástā absence of progeny;also doubtless sūnṛ́tā (from sūnára), although the word is a few times used as an adjective (like çaṁtāti and satyatāti: see next paragraph).

c. Of special formation are mamátā selfishnesstrétā triplicityastitā actuality. RV. has avī́ratā, with exceptional accent. In ekapatnitā is seen a shortened final vowel of the primitive. Janátā has acquired a concrete meaning, people, folk; also grāmatā (once) villages collectively.