Archive for Category: Verb


a smart-sounding statement or explanation that overlooks important details

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  When Shurpanakha explained to Ravana how her nose was cut, she handwaved her role in triggering the conflict. Mahabharata:  Though Duryodhana tried to handwave his misdeeds that had brought the Kuru kingdom on the verge of a war among cousins, Krishna firmly and logically exposed the holes in Duryodhana’s arguments. Bhagavad-gita:  The


to disappear and then reappear at a different place

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  While fighting with Rama and Lakshmana, Indrajit didn’t just teleport; he made himself entirely invisible. Mahabharata:  Bhima was teleported by his wife, Hidimbi, to celestial gardens where they engaged in romantic pleasures till they begot a son, who was named Ghatotakacha. Bhagavad-gita:  Because we exist at not just the physical level, but


to cause a minor injury to

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  Hanuman’s body was so strong that the demons’ kicks and blows barely dinged him. Mahabharata:  While praising Krishna, Bhishma explained how Indra’s torrential rains couldn’t even ding the residents of Vrindavan who were safely protected by Krishna under the Govardhan hill. Bhagavad-gita:  Indiscriminate indulgence doesn’t just ding our spiritual consciousness, but devours


to make something that is already bad worse

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  Not wanting to exacerbate the tense situation in Ayodhya, Rama maintained his calm, tried his best to calm everyone else and prepared to depart as quickly as possible to the forest. Mahabharata:  By sending a provocative message to the Pandavas on the eve of the war, Duryodhana exacerbated the hostility between the


to disturb, distress or exhaust by repeated demands or criticism

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  Feeling harried by the repeated attacks of the demons, Vishwamitra came to Dasharatha for help. Mahabharata:  Although Vidura felt harried by Dhritarashtra’s ongoing neglect and Duryodhana’s increasing disrespect, he stayed in the Kuru kingdom, hoping to prevent differences from becoming destructive.  Bhagavad-gita:  Whenever we try to do anything worthwhile, we are often


to worry, annoy or frustrate

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  Vishwamitra told Dasharatha that he and his disciples were being bedeviled by demons who worked under Ravana. Mahabharata:  Although the Pandavas never threatened Duryodhana, he felt bedeviled by their very existence, what to speak of by their prosperity. Bhagavad-gita:  We all are bedeviled by our mind and those who don’t know that


irritate or annoy (someone)

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  Sugriva’s insistence on repeatedly testing Rama’s prowess nettled Lakshmana. Mahabharata:  It nettled Dhritarashtra to see that Pandu’s sons had become more popular than his sons among the Kuru citizens. Bhagavad-gita:  The more our mind becomes attached to worldly things, the more it is nettled by inconveniences, rattled by obstacles and shattered by


to speak angrily to someone, disapproving what they have said or done

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  Though Rama’s tone remained gentle while he responded to Jabali’s atheistic arguments, everyone knew that he was rebuking and refuting the sage. Mahabharata:  Being tired of being rebuked repeatedly by Vidura, Duryodhana decided to get rid of his uncle once and for all. Bhagavad-gita:  Krishna rebuked Arjuna for being weak-minded when the


frighten or overawe (someone) especially to make them do what one wants

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  Although Rama was far outnumbered by the demons headed by Khara and Dushana, he was not in the least intimidated.   Mahabharata:  The size of the Kaurava army and the splendor of its warriors so intimidated Bhuminjaya that he leaped off his chariot and fled for his life. Bhagavad-gita:  Although Arjuna as a


to push the lower lip forwards, to show annoyance

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  When Dasharatha entered Kaikeyi’s palace, he was concerned to see his favorite queen pouting. Mahabharata:  When Arjuna met Draupadi after marrying Subardhra, his first wife wasn’t just pouting; she was spitting fire. Bhagavad-gita:  Most of the times when we find ourselves pouting, it is our mind that is upset and we are