Archive for Category: Adjective


excessively sweet or sentimental

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  Saccharine depictions of Rama lila overlook the great suffering that almost all the characters in the epic go through and the even greater sacrifice that most of them exhibit during the suffering. Mahabharata:  Draupadi’s words and actions during the disrobing incident showed that there is nothing saccharine about her character; she has


evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  Rama’s sending Sita to the forest is the most poignant episode in the epic, similar to the earlier exiling of Rama by Dasharatha. Mahabharata:  For the regal Draupadi to become a menial maidservant, is a poignant adversity that shows her faithfulness and forbearance for her husbands.  Bhagavad-gita:  The Gita begins with a


of a child having developed certain abilities or inclinations at an earlier age than is usual or expected

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  Rama was a precocious warrior whose archery ability far exceeded his age. Mahabharata:  If Duryodhana was precocious in any way, it was in his enviousness and maliciousness. Bhagavad-gita:  Children who are spiritually precocious are probably souls who have already practised spirituality to a significant degree in their previous lives.


characterized by opposition to intellectual advancement and political reform

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  Rama rejected the obscurant counsel of the sage Avali who suggested that Rama should grab power without bothering about ethical considerations. Mahabharata:  The Mahabharata war was fought to prevent the obscurant tendencies of Duryodhana from becoming mainstream with his unchallenged supremacy. Bhagavad-gita:  Whatever obscurant trends might have been present at the time


high pitched, shrill

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  Sita’s treble calls for help fell on deaf ears because no one dared challenge the mighty king of the demons. Mahabharata:  While being abducted by Jayadratha, Draupadi spoke to him not in a treble tone but in a tone of restrained fury, warning him of dire consequences when her five husbands caught


skilful, smart or quick

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  Seeing Hanuman’s deft moves in evading his celestial weapons, Indrajita concluded that this monkey must be a formidable celestial being. Mahabharata:  When Bhima slipped out of Shalya’s grip and caught that Madra king in his own grip in a single deft move, the onlookers in Drupada’s court gasped in amazement. Bhagavad-gita:  Krishna


shocking or very bad

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  The Ayodhya citizens found it appalling that their beloved Prince Rama was being exiled for no fault of his. Mahabharata:  It is appalling that so many respectable royals remained silent while Draupadi was being dishonored in the Kuru assembly. Bhagavad-gita:  Whereas spiritualists find gross sensual pleasures appalling, materialists find them appealing.


cheerful and lively

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  The perky pranks of Hanuman as a child often offer some comic relief amid the Ramayana’s serious storyline centered on loss, betrayal and abduction. Mahabharata:  When the Pandavas came to Panchala to attend Draupadi’s svyambara, the perky festivities in the city contrasted sharply with the silent serenity of the forest from which


showing hard work, care and attention to details

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  Though the monkeys had been assiduous in searching for Sita, they hadn’t come up with even a clue to her whereabouts. Mahabharata:  Arjuna became a champion archer not because Drona was partial to him but because he was assiduous in assimilating everything that Drona taught. Bhagavad-gita:  Those who are assiduous in studying