Useful as a quick reference because the entries are primarily in Roman script with diacritics, rather than Devanagari. Some of the entries, specifically those connected with scientific views, are outdated as they are subject to the scientific understanding of the time.
What bothers me more, however, is the motivation of Monier-Williams for creating the dictionary and the possible influence that may have had on its accuracy. Often referred to as "a lover of India," Monier-Williams himself shows a different side of his interest in India. In 'Modern India and Indians', p. 247. he writes: "When the walls of the mighty fortress of Brahmanism are encircled, undermined and finally stormed by the soldiers of cross, the victory of Christianity must be signal and complete." And in the preface of this very dictionary he writes: "I must draw attention to the fact that I am only the second occupant of the Boden Chair, and that its founder, Col. Boden, stated most explicitly in his will (dated Aug. 15,1811) that special object of his munificent bequest was to promote the translation of the scriptures into Sanskrit; so as to enable his countrymen to proceed in the conversion of the natives of India to the Christian Religion."
I find it hard to believe that this kind of attitude lays a proper foundation for an objective approach to the creation of a dictionary, and want to caution the reader to bear this in mind when using it.
A Sanskrit-English Dictionary: Etymologically and Philologically Arranged with Special Reference to Cognate Indo-European Languages (英語) ハードカバー – 2003/3/20
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Dictionary with an agenda.
2003年7月15日 - (Amazon.com)47人のお客様がこれが役に立ったと考えています.
William Monier Sanskrit dictionary
2000年4月10日 - (Amazon.com)
I agree with the previous reviewer's comments. This dictionary is comprehensive and easy to use even for new Sanskrit students such as myself. I have the Indian edition. The binding is suboptimal, but it is a viable option for far less money.
An excellent dictionary.
2013年9月14日 - (Amazon.com)
This is a very large excellent dictionary. It however presupposes knowledge of the Devanagari alphabet, including all the consonant clusters, which are sometimes not obvious. The Sanskrit words do have some grammatical information, though not necessarily everything needed to decline or conjugate the word correctly. The dictionary presupposes knowledge of English, so there is no pronunciation of English words provided, or grammatical information like irregular past tense. It is for ancient Sanskrit literature, not modern, so of course it has no words like airplane or radio. But for its intended use, it is excellent, very many words in it. Where an English word has more than one meaning, the meanings are presented before their Sanskrit equivalents are given, so for example we can see with 'hot' which Sanskrit words mean opposite to cold, which words mean hot to taste, which words mean hot as passionate, and which words mean hot as impetuous. So it is very useful.
Loretta A. Bazemore "Lore Bazemore"
There are 2 parts to such a dictionary and this is one of them.
2014年5月5日 - (Amazon.com)
I purchased this thinking that it was the complete Monier Williams work, but it is only the English to Sanskrit half. The Sanskrit to English half is now a second volume. There is no transliteration of the Sanskrit which means this is no dictionary for beginners. Had both volumes been sold together, I probably would have kept this work.