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the use of more words than are necessary to express an idea, redundancy

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  Knowing how arrogant and angry Ravana could become, Maricha had the difficult task of describing Rama’s power diplomatically without resorting to pleonasms. Mahabharata:  Dhritarashtra’s message to the Pandavas sent through Sanjaya contained many pious sounding pleonasms about peace, but it didn’t contain a word about returning their due kingdom to them. Bhagavad-gita: 


pleasure and delight

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  King Kaushika was amazed to see the elaborate feast that the sage Vashishtha arranged through his mystical cow Surabhi for the delectation of his vast army. Mahabharata:  Bhima and Arjuna told Yudhisthira that if they continued to enjoy the delectations of Kuvera’s paradise-like gardens for too long, they would lose their zeal


money or gifts given generously

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  As Rama was in exile and had no largesse to reward Hanuman, he offered his own body to the heroic monkey by embracing him. Mahabharata:  The brahmanas going to Drupada’s kingdom invited the disguised Pandavas to come along, saying that the largesse at Draupadi’s wedding would take care of their needs for


a lop-sided victory or a thorough defeat

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  Ravana had been confident that anyone who invaded Lanka would suffer a blowout, but Hanuman’s burning of Lanka gave him a serious second thought. Mahabharata:  So confident was Duryodhana that the Kurukshetra war would end in a blowout for the outnumbered Pandavas that he decided to incite them on the eve of


manner of behaving, personal conduct

Example Sentences: Ramayana: Despite being subjected to a terrible injustice, Rama’s comportment remained courteous as he prepared for the exile. Mahabharata: Among all the young Pandavas who had just come to the Kuru kingdom, Yudhishthira’s comportment was especially both respectful and dignified. Bhagavad-gita: The Gita’s second chapter concludes with several verses that explain how a


a youth, a lad

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  When Vishvamitra wanted to take Rama with him to the forest to curb the demons disrupting his sacrifice, Dasharatha protested desperately, saying that Rama was a mere stripling, inexperienced in warfare.  Mahabharata:  Although Abhimanyu had initially been considered a stripling, his fighting ability became evident even to the opposing Kauravas within the


a firm warning or reprimand

Example sentences: Ramayana:  After Sugriva attacked Ravana impulsively, Rama’s admonition of the monkey king had the desired sobering effect. Mahabharata:  Vidura explained to Dhritarashtra that the admonition of Duryodhana was not because he didn’t care for Duryodhana but it was precisely because he cared for Duryodhana. Bhagavad-gita:  If we neglect the Gita’s admonition about not


an image or a presentation of someone or something

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  On seeing how terrified the monkeys were of the giant Kumbhakarna, Vibhishana suggested that Rama tell them the giant was just a simulacrum, a mechanical contraption made to look like a demon. Mahabharata:  When Dhritarashtra wanted to embrace Bhima, Krishna used his mystic power to summon the simulacrum of Bhima that Duryodhana


establishment or resumption of friendly relations, especially between states

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  Sugriva told Ravana that he would consider a rapprochement between the Vanaras and the Rakshashas only after Sita was returned to Rama. Mahabharata:  Drupada’s brahmana messenger told Dhritarashtra that a rapprochement between the Pandavas and the Kauravas would be impossible if the Kauravas didn’t return to the Pandavas their rightful half of