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mantra

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noun man·tra \ˈmän-trə also ˈman- or ˈmən-\

Simple Definition of mantra

  • : a sound, word, or phrase that is repeated by someone who is praying or meditating

  • : a word or phrase that is repeated often or that expresses someone's basic beliefs

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mantra

  1. :  a mystical formula of invocation or incantation (as in Hinduism); also :  watchword 2

mantric play \-trik\ adjective

Examples of mantra in a sentence

  1. a businessman whose mantra is bigger is better



Origin of mantra

Sanskrit, sacred counsel, formula, from manyate he thinks; akin to Latin mens mind — more at mind


First Known Use: 1795

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