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 (kə-shăt′rē-ə, -chăt′-)
A member of the second highest of the four castes of traditional Indian society, responsible for upholding justice and social harmony, and including people in governing and military positions.
Of or relating to the caste of Kshatriyas.

[Sanskrit kṣatriyaḥ, from kṣatram, rule, power.]
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(Hinduism) a member of the second of the four main Hindu castes, the warrior caste
[C18: from Sanskrit, from kshatra rule]
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(ˈkʃæ tri ə)

n., pl. -yas.
a member of the Hindu royal and warrior class above the Vaisyas and below the Brahmans. Compare Shudra.
[1775–85; < Skt kṣatriya]
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Noun1.Kshatriya - a member of the royal or warrior Hindu caste
Hindoo, Hindu, Hindustani - a native or inhabitant of Hindustan or India
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Varna Purusartha Asrama brahmana dharma, moksa all four ksatriya dharma, artha brahmacarya, grhastha, vanaprastha vaisya artha, kama brahmacarya, grhastha, vanaprastha sudra kama grhastha This and similar correlations are drawn out of thin air; they do not correspond to any ideas found in the ancient sources.
It is noteworthy that the Mahabharata prioritizes high caste families such as the warriors ('ksatriya'), in which each member occupies a particular position in the family hierarchy of the extended family and must resolve the moral dilemmas and conflicts according to his/her place (Chakravarti 2007).
Yet Susiyanto says that 'these temples are merely owned by the elites in power, those of the Brahmana and Ksatriya castes.
Born into the Ksatriya caste, it is his inescapable duty to restore dharmic rule to the kingdom, even if that involves fighting and killing his own family members.
Prima afirma ca tiganii ar fi fost un trib razboinici facand parte din casta Ksatriya. in aceasta calitate ei au fost infranti in 1192, de Mahmmed Ghaus, fapt ce ar fi condus la dezmembrarea clanului razboinicilor si obligarea acestora la migratie catre Turcia, tarile arabe si Europa.
The author is free to interpret castes as "types" rejecting the Brahmanic caste division into four categories Brahmana (priestly class), Ksatriya (warrior class), Vaisya (business and cultivators' community) and Sudra (community of servants in general).
The British firmly believed in "martial races"--that people originating from the northwest corner (Punjab) of India, Sikhs, the Gurkhas of Nepal, and members of the ksatriya (warrior) castes were better suited for military service than others (such as Bengalis or Sindhis).
This work by Chatterji (PhD, history, Jadavpur U., India) reconstructs the history of India's Ksatriya caste, traditionally understood as the warrior caste, for the period 600-186 BC.