1. (adj.) in special sense an attribute of worldly pleasure (cp. kāma kāmaguṇā): pleasant, lovely, enjoyable; freq. in form iṭṭhā kantā manāpā, referring to the pleasures of the senses SN.i.245; SN.ii.192; SN.iv.60, SN.iv.158, SN.iv.235 sq.; SN.v.22, SN.v.60, SN.v.147; AN.ii.66 sq.; MN.i.85; Snp.759; Iti.15; Vb.2, Vb.100, Vb.337 bāla˚ (lovely in the opinion of the ignorant) Snp.399. DN.ii.265; DN.iii.227 (ariya˚); Ja.iii.264; Ja.v.447; with reference to the fruit of action as giving pleasure: -phala Kvu.35, Kvu.211 Pv-a.277 (hatthi-) k˚ pleasing to elephants; of manta Dhp-a.i.163 of vīṇā Ja.vi.255 Ja.vi.262 Dhp-a.i.163
  2. beloved by, favourite of, charming Ja.vi.255, Ja.vi.262; Dhp-a.i.163.
  3. (n.) the beloved one, the husband Ja.vi.370 (wrongly written kan tena); of a precious stone Mil.118; Sdhp.608, cp. suriya˚, canda˚- kantā (f.) the beloved one, the wife Ja.v.295; kantena (instr.) agreeably with kind words AN.ii.213; Ja.v.486 (where porisādassa kante should be read as porisādassak’ ante)-a˚ undesired, disagreeable, unpleasant, in same form as kanta, e.g. DN.ii.192; in other combination Ja.v.295 Vb.100; Ne.180; Pv-a.193
    akantena with unpleasant words AN.ii.213
    kantatara compar. Ja.iii.260.
  • -bhāva the state of being pleasant DN-a.i.76; Vv-a.323.

Sk. kānta, pp. of kāmeti


cut cut out or off Thig.223 (˚salla = samucchinna-rāg’-ādisalla Thag-a.179) cp. katta & pari˚.

pp. of kantati2, Sk. kṛtta. kanta is analogyform. after pres. kantati, regularly we should expect katta. See also avakanta. It may be simply misreading for katta, cp. Kern,


under parikanta.