picture for embrace

The following is an extract used for educational purposes:  ‘The great painters and poet philosophers drink from the same Helicon; if one moulds the human mind through visual images in space, the other strives to move us with verbal images in time. The wisdom of all ages lies in art and poetry. India is one of the oldest civilisations which embraced its glorious rebels and mendicant sons with the nonchalance and pride of a wise mother.’

This is a really interesting paragraph, because I had to choose from so many options. But the one I finally choose was the one I felt was best understood here.

Embrace is to hold to someone or something, take into one’s arms and make it a part of one’s own self. Normally, we find Lovers in each other’s embrace, don’t we?

The dictionary definitions for embrace are as follows:

1. To clasp in one’s warms, like in a hug. (verb)
2. To readily accept something. (verb)
3. To use for one’s advantage: to embrace a chance. (verb)
4. To choose and follow, for example a profession, a religion, etc. (verb)
5. To take up a cause etc. with one’s mind. (verb)
6. To enclose or include. (verb)
7. To include or contain: An encyclopedia embraces a great number of subjects. (verb)

Some other words that you should learn from this paragraph:
Helicon: Greek Mythological River
Mendicant: Practising beggary
Nonchalance: The trait of remaining calm and seeming not to care; a casual lack of concern.

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