mana

noun
ma·​na | \ ˈmä-nə How to pronounce mana (audio) \

Definition of mana

1 : the power of the elemental forces of nature embodied in an object or person
2 : moral authority : prestige

Examples of mana in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among Native Hawaiians, human remains are believed to retain the mana, or essence, of the deceased. Sophie Cocke, ProPublica, 15 Aug. 2020 Native Hawaiians understand that mana—spiritual energy, which can be gained and lost by a person over time—could only be traced through one’s mother. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Aug. 2020 But for most of humankind, one earns mana through earnest work. Taylor Weik /, NBC News, 9 May 2018 If your pedigree is from the gods, you are born with some form of mana. Taylor Weik /, NBC News, 9 May 2018 The bones of such a powerful man were, to them, a source of immense mana. Austin Murphy, SI.com, 25 Oct. 2017 Stops were frequent, sometimes just to soak up the views and the palpable mana that seemed to vibrate everywhere. Eric Hiss, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2016 See More

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First Known Use of mana

circa 1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mana

of Polynesian origin; akin to Hawaiian & Maori mana mana

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“Mana.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mana. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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