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a consolidation or oneness of interests

Example sentences: Ramayana: On hearing about Ravana’s repeated atrocities from the earth, the celestials expressed their solidarity, and they unitedly prayed to Vishnu to descend and deliver them.   Mahabharata: The gambling match, in which Yudhisthira blundered egregiously, was the greatest test of solidarity for the Pandavas.   Bhagavad-gita: When Arjuna admits his inability to control the


a slavish follower

Example sentences: Ramayana: Vibhishana reminded Ravana that a king could easily get ministers who were lackeys, but rare was a minister who had the courage to speak essential truths when they were unpalatable.  Mahabharata: Though Duryodhana’s brothers were royalty in their own right, most of them acted throughout the Mahabharata as if they were his


a definite liking; a strong inclination

Example sentences:   Ramayana: Hanuman’s penchant for adventure had got him into trouble with the sages when he was a child, but it brought him glory when, as an adult, he used it to serve Rama by single-handedly penetrating and devastating Lanka.  Mahabharata: Yudhishthira’s penchant for philosophical discussions kept him engaged and enlivened even while in


stubbornly refusing to compromise

Example sentences:   Ramayana: Kaikeyi’s demand that Bharata be enthroned was understandable for Dasharatha; his intransigence in demanding that Rama be exiled was just not understandable.    Mahabharata: When Krishna’s peace mission failed, some held Duryodhana’s intransigence responsible for the failure; others held Dhritrashtra’s impotence responsible.  Bhagavad-gita: Intransigence is not a sign of strong determination, it


the act of compelling by force of authority

Example sentences:   Ramayana: Though Ravana had no moral scruples, a curse incurred long ago stopped him from using coercion to ravish Sita.    Mahabharata: The Kauravas didn’t have to use coercion to gain allies; there existed enough evil-minded rulers who shared the Kauravas’ desire to overthrow the rule of dharma.  Bhagavad-gita: Though the Gita unambiguously


the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action

Example sentences   Ramayana: Though Sugriva repeatedly assured Vali of his allegiance, the infuriated monkey king attacked Sugriva relentlessly Mahabharata: When Bhishma swore allegiance to the Kuru king, he couldn’t have imagined that his vow would compel him to fight on the wrong side in a fratricidal war among Kuru descendants. Bhagavad-gita: The mind honors no


an associate who provides cooperation or assistance

Example sentences Ramayana: Given that both Rama and Sugriva had been stripped of their kingdoms and wives, they naturally became allies. Mahabharata: That the Kauravas would get some allies was expected; that they would get so many allies was unexpected. Bhagavad-gita: For fighting the war against temptation, our intelligence needs scripture as an invaluable ally.


a claim or assertion that someone has done something illegal or wrong, typically one made without proof

Example sentences Ramayana: Rama’s spies hesitated to tell him the scandalous allegation some citizens were levelling against Sita. Mahabharata: Hurling at Vidura the allegation that he was partial to the Pandavas, Dhritarashtra dismissed him, saying he could go wherever he pleased. Bhagavad-gita: The allegation that the Gita is a violence-inducing book is belied by the


A cause of pain or harm

Ramayana: That the Supreme Lord Rama could be in such affliction because of separation from his wife was bewildering even to the gods. Mahabharata: Although all the Pandavas were afflicted by the vicious gambling match, the worst affliction was felt by Draupadi and Bhima. Bhagavad-gita: Physical bondage by ropes doesn’t cause as much affliction as