(adj.) lit. gone forward, gone out, gone beyond. According to the traditional expln. preserved by Bdhgh. & Dhp (see e.g. DN-a.i.227 = Kp-a.114 = Vv-a.52) it is used in 4 applications: abhikkantasaddo khaya (+ pabbaniya Kp-a) sundar’-âbhirūpa-abbhanumodanesu dissati. These are:
- (lit.) gone away, passed gone out, departed (+ nikkhanta, meaning khaya “wane”) in phrase abhikkantāya rattiyā at the waning of the night Vin.i.26; DN.ii.220; MN.i.142.
- excellent, supreme (sundara) Snp.1118 (˚dassāvin having the most exellent knowledge = aggadassāvin etc. Cnd.76); usually in compar ˚tara (+ paṇītatara) DN.i.62, DN.i.74, DN.i.216; AN.ii.101; AN.iii.350 sq.; AN.v.140, AN.v.207 sq.; DN-a.i.171 (= atimanāpatara)
- pleasing, superb, extremely wonderful, as exclamation ˚ṃ repeated with bho (bhante), showing appreciation (abbhânumodana) DN.i.85, DN.i.110, DN.i.234; Snp.p.15, Snp.p.24, etc. freq
- surpassing, beautiful (always with ˚vaṇṇa = abhirūpa Vin.i.26; DN.ii.220; MN.i.142; Pv.ii.1#10 = Vv.9#1 (atimanāpa abhirūpa Pv-a.71); Kp-a.115 (= abhirūpachavin)
(nt.) abhikkantaṃ (combd. with and opp to paṭikkantaṃ) going forward (and backward), approach (and receding) DN.i.70 (= gamaṇa + nivattana DN-a.i.183) Vin.iii.181; AN.ii.104, AN.ii.106 sq.; Vv-a.6.
pp. of abhikkamati, in sense of Sk. and also P. atikkanta