mantra

noun
man·​tra | \ ˈmän-trə How to pronounce mantra (audio) also ˈman- or ˈmən- \

Definition of mantra

: a mystical formula of invocation (see invocation sense 2) or incantation (as in Hinduism) also : watchword sense 2 "diversity" has become our multicultural mantra— Manning Marable

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Other Words from mantra

mantric \ ˈmän-​trik How to pronounce mantric (audio) also  ˈman-​ or  ˈmən-​ \ adjective

Examples of mantra in a Sentence

a businessman whose mantra is “bigger is better”
Recent Examples on the Web Walker has a great mantra on his Twitter account: Hard work beats Talent, When Talent don’t Work Hard! Barry Werner, Touchdown Wire, "Who is PJ Walker, QB who starred for the XFL's Houston Roughnecks?," 9 Feb. 2020 In their insistence on leaving out at least two of their summer signings at one time, AC Milan seem to believe this mantra, which is, to be fair, generally sound. SI.com, "90min's Definitive European Player Power Rankings: Week 6 - Fleabag Special," 24 Sep. 2019 Get your can-do attitude and mantras and wash your face, girl. Washington Post, "Why I’m going to teach my child how, and when, to quit," 13 Jan. 2020 Abraham Lincoln had once delivered a speech at the Phenix; at Shilo Farm, upcoming events included workshops on mantras and ecstatic dance. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Marianne Williamson Wants Politics to Enter the New Age," 14 Aug. 2019 Otherwise, there’s been little significant movement from the typical Democratic mantras of universal background checks and an assault weapons ban. German Lopez, Vox, "Here’s where every 2020 candidate stands on guns," 7 Aug. 2019 Yes, precedent was the word of the hour, all the hours—Kavanaugh’s career, mantra, and brand all in one. Megan Angelo, Glamour, "The Kavanaugh Hearings, Day 2: If He Doesn't Make the Supreme Court, He'd Make a Great Real Housewife," 5 Sep. 2018 Clearly, 2018 Britney is living by the same mantra, and spritzing a model's abs while dancing in leather underwear is her prerogative. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Britney Spears Announced Her New Fragrance, My Prerogative, in the Most Britney Spears Way Ever," 16 July 2018 There was a reprise of the mantra late in the third quarter when Jackson hit Seth Roberts for a 33-yard touchdown. BostonGlobe.com, "Indeed. After Lamar Jackson ran and passed the Ravens past the New York Jets, 42-21, on Thursday night, the shirt he wore reflected the feeling of just about everyone associated with the team that owns the best record in the NFL.," 14 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of mantra

1795, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mantra

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

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17 Feb 2020

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“Mantra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mantra. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for mantra

mantra

noun
How to pronounce mantra (audio)

English Language Learners 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

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