kshatriya

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From Hindi क्षत्रिय (kṣatriya, protector of gentle people), from Sanskrit क्षत्र (kṣatrá, rule, dominion, authority). Akin to satrap.

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kshatriya (plural kshatriyas)

  1. The second-highest of the four castes or varnas in traditional Indian society: the warrior or military caste.
  2. A member of this caste.
    • 2006, Karen Armstrong, The Great Transformation, Atlantic Books 2007, p. 307:
      The kshatriya could only hope to become a monk in his next life, but given the nature of his daily karma, it seemed unlikely that he could achieve even this limited goal.
    • "Bṛhannaḍā said, 'It is not the habit of a kṣatriya to flee like this; death in battle is preferable to flight in fear.'" (Mahābhārata: "Virāṭa Parva")

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