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

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Recent Examples on the Web Among Native Hawaiians, human remains are believed to retain the mana, or essence, of the deceased. Sophie Cocke, ProPublica, "Burial Site Found on a Property Tied to Obama, Causing Tension With Native Hawaiians," 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, "How the 19th Amendment Complicated the Status and Role of Women in Hawaii," 13 Aug. 2020 Aprender a ler com a mana ao pequeno almoço ♥️ panquecas, pickles e mirtilos... não se preocupem 🤣 . Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS: LA' Star Daniela Ruah Caught Her Kids Sharing the Sweetest Moment Together," 1 Mar. 2020 When one of the local construction workers on the project commented on the home’s positive mana, Mrs. Grossman realized her wishes had been achieved. Jessica Dailey, WSJ, "For the second year in a row, readers selected a home from Hawaii in the annual poll," 30 Jan. 2020 The WoW team has already crunched player stats like health and mana down on multiple occasions as a way to postpone fully solving the problem, so this is the culmination of something that has been underway for a few years now. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "World of Warcraft: Shadowlands impressions: Leveling alts is about to get a lot more fun," 10 Nov. 2019 And once again, big daddy is completely surrounded by beautiful estrogen and loving, powerful female mana. Jackie Frere, Redbook, "The Rock's New Baby Announcement Is the Cutest Thing You'll See All Day," 12 Dec. 2017 But for most of humankind, one earns mana through earnest work. Taylor Weik /, NBC News, "When Larry Kimura was young, the Hawaiian language was dying. Now, it thrives.," 9 May 2018 If your pedigree is from the gods, you are born with some form of mana. Taylor Weik /, NBC News, "When Larry Kimura was young, the Hawaiian language was dying. Now, it thrives.," 9 May 2018

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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