Definition of abhinaya
: the expressive use of face or hands characteristic of the kathakali dance style of India
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Origin and Etymology of abhinaya
borrowed from Sanskrit abhinayaḥ “acting, dramatic action,” noun derivative of abhinayati “he leads toward, brings near, represents dramatically,” from abhi “to, toward” + nayati “he leads”
First Known Use: 1880See Words from the same year
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