The word Sanskrit unsurprisingly comes from the Sanskrit language, where it took the form of samskrtm, which meant "put together" but also had a synonym of "perfect" (probably because the sacred Vedas were written in it). This is a portmanteau of the other Sanskrit words sam, which meant "together", and krta, which meant "do" or "make". Sam is from the Proto-Indo-European root sem, which meant "one" (under a connection of "unification"), and that's the end of that. It's krta's development which is interesting. This comes from the Proto-Indo-European reconstruction kwer, which meant "to do" as well. This same root later independently evolved into the Sanskrit word karma, which meant "an action" (something that you do). Actions have consequences, and the meaning eventually shifted to "fate", although the original definition also remained intact. This became the Buddhist concept that we know so well, which was introduced as a word into English in 1827, connecting two of the farthest apart Indo-European languages. It might be fate.
Hello! I'm Adam Aleksic, a rising junior studying government and linguistics at Harvard University, where I co-founded the Harvard Undergraduate Linguistics Society. In addition to etymology, I also really enjoy trivia, politics, vexillology, geography, board games, conlanging, art history, and law.