From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Vyabhicāra literally means ‘transgression’.

In general it means an evil act and in particular, adultery. The dharmaśāstras prescribe various kinds of punishment like amputation or even death.

Logically, it means fallacy. If an effect is denied even though the cause exists, if an effect is accepted to exist in spite of the fact that the cause does not, it becomes the fallacy of vyabhicāra.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore