Archive for Category: Verb


to overwhelm usually by greatly superior force

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  Seeing Kumbhakarna steamrollering the monkey army, Hanuman stepped forward to challenge the huge demon. Mahabharata:  As Arjuna steamrollered the Kaurava army, he was suddenly stopped by Duryodhana wearing Drona’s impenetrable armor. Bhagavad-gita:  If we weaken and contemplate sensual temptation, it will steamroller our inner defenses and impel us to do things that


to show to be false, contradict

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  For Lakshmana, the fact that no other animals came anywhere near the shining deer belied Sita’s statement that the deer was simply a harmless, ordinary forest creature Mahabharata:  Dhritarashtra’s eager inquiry – “Has Panchali been won?” – belied his earlier declaration that he would treat the Kauravas and Pandavas equally. Bhagavad-gita:  The


to charge with a crime 

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  Vibhishana assured the survivors of Ravana’s army that they wouldn’t be indicted but would be included in his administration. Mahabharata:  Although Dhritarashtra had been largely responsible for the disastrous Kurukshetra war, Yudhishthira didn’t even consider indicting the blind king — for him, Dhritarashtra treated him with great respect.  Bhagavad-gita:  The Gita’s sixteenth


to remove or destroy completely

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  Rama attacked Maricha with a blunt arrow because his purpose was just to stop the demons’ disruptive activities, not to extirpate them from the planet. Mahabharata:  When Duryodhana realized that Ashvattama had killed the Pandavas’ sons instead of the Pandavas, he fell to the ground in lamentation, fearing that the entire next


to argue in protest or opposition 

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  When Rama told Sita to stay in the kingdom while he went on exile, Sita remonstrated with him repeatedly and passionately until he agreed to take her along. Mahabharata:  Although Vidura remonstrated with Dhritarashtra about the dangerousness of the plan to have a gambling match between the Kauravas and the Pandavas, Dhritarashtra


to urge or request earnestly

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  On the eve of the war, two of Ravana’s elders, his uncle Malyadan and his father-in-law Maya, adjured him to accept Angada’s peace proposal by returning Sita to Rama. Mahabharata:  On the seventeenth day of the Kurukshetra war, Ashvattama adjured Duryodhana to call off the hostilities and return the Pandavas their half


to decrease or destroy the effectiveness of

Example Sentences: Ramayana: When Indrajita became invisible, it undercut the capacity of Rama’s army to even defend themselves, leave alone counter-attack. Mahabharata: When Kunti told Karna that he was her son born before her marriage, her purpose was not to undercut his will to fight against the Pandavas; her purpose was to prevent his death


show off especially to evoke envy or admiration

Example Sentences: Ramayana: As Ravana thought that flaunting his wealth would win Sita over, he took her on a tour of his magnificent, multi-storeyed palace. Mahabharata: Wanting to flaunt his wealth in front of the exiled Pandavas, Duryodhana came to the forest in great pomp. Bhagavad-gita: Some greedy people enjoy accumulating wealth; other greedy people


openly disregard (a rule, law or convention)

Example Sentences: Ramayana: Although Sita had no intention to flout Lakshmana’s reminder to stay within the protective circle, she couldn’t put off serving a sage, especially one who seemed on the verge of cursing her family if he wasn’t served promptly. Mahabharata: When six Kaurava leaders ganged together to attack the sixteen-year-old Abhimanyu, they knew


be in great difficulty

Example Sentences: Ramayana: When the monkeys were floundering in their search for Sita, that frustration caused tension among them to rise, which in turn brought forth Angada’s suspicions about Sugriva. Mahabharata: When faced with the combined attack by Bhima and Arjuna on the Kurukshetra war’s fourteenth day, the Kaurava soldiers floundered and fled. Bhagavad-gita: Even