Archive for Category: Verb


to worry or disturb

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  The demons headed by Khara and Dushan were surprised to see that Rama was not fazed to confront them – they all were much bigger than him in size and they outnumbered him fourteen thousand to one. Mahabharata:  Although Bhima was surrounded by the Kaurava army, he seemed not the least fazed


(used without object) to continue or last permanently, endure

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  Rama assured his mother that his exile wouldn’t perdure for long – fourteen years would pass like fourteen days and he would soon be back with her. Mahabharata:  As the Pandavas wandered through the forest high up in the Himalayas and noticed that the vegetation seemed to perdure much longer than on


to reduce or destroy the effectiveness of

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  The invincibility that Ravana enjoyed because of his boons gutted the gods’ plans to defeat him. Mahabharata:  Arjuna’s carefully directed arrows at Duryodhana’s uncovered fingertips gutted the protection provided by Drona’s impenetrable armor. Bhagavad-gita:  The world’s endless temptations and the mind’s tireless propositions can gut the resolve of even serious spiritual seekers


to decide that something or someone is not worth considering

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  Hanuman warned Ravana to not discount Rama as a mere human being: “How could a human being have single-handedly killed fourteen thousand demons?” Mahabharata:  Though the person who had won Draupadi’s hand claimed to be a brahmana, Drupada didn’t discount the possibility that he might be a kshatriya in disguise. Bhagavad-gita: Thinking


confirm or give support to (a statement, theory or finding)

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  When Rama heard Sugriva’s description of the woman who had been carried through the sky by a demon and saw the ornaments she had dropped, it corroborated his understanding that Sita had been taken southward after her abduction. Mahabharata:  The more Duryodhana thought about Kichaka’s mysterious death, the more it seemed to


to make a transition without interruption from one activity, topic, scene or part to another

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  Rama heard the sages’ discourse, absorbed as they segued from philosophical discussions to historical narrations to practical deliberations during their discourse. Mahabharata:  When the Mahabharata segues from describing the Kurukshetra battlefield to discussing the Gita’s philosophy, that transition seems abrupt and artificial only to those who aren’t aware of how frequently the


confuse, disorient

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  The sudden attack of the monkeys discombobulated the demons, who were still celebrating Indrajita’s supposed victory over Rama and Lakshmana.  Mahabharata:  Being drunk with intoxication and lust, Kichaka was discombobulated when he was suddenly faced with brawny Bhima instead of delicate Draupadi. Bhagavad-gita:  If we let our mind control us, it can


to exist or continue in miserable or disheartening conditions

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  Far from languishing in the forest during exile, Rama and Sita had relished some of their happiest moments in the seclusion of the forest. Mahabharata:  The Pandavas refused to languish while in exile; they all prepared in various ways for the upcoming confrontation with the Kauravas at the end of the exile.


to put something forward for either acceptance or rejection

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  When Kaikeyi shamefacedly proffered an apology to Rama for having been misled by Manthara, Rama embraced her graciously, saying, “There’s nothing to be forgiven; it was all the will of destiny.” Mahabharata:  When Karna accepted the friendship proffered by Duryodhana, he had no idea how it would tragically alter the trajectory of


to make a serious decision to stop doing something, to renounce earnestly

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  After seeing Rama’s fearsome power in punishing demons, Maricha forswore all demoniac actions. Mahabharata:  A lesser-known reason for Krishna’s being a non-combatant in the Kurukshetra war is that he had forsworn all use of weapons after killing the demon Dantavakra. Bhagavad-gita:  Unless we forswear sensual pleasures, we can’t have the steady focus