man·tra | \ˈmän-trə 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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mantric \-trik \ adjective

Examples of mantra in a Sentence

a businessman whose mantra is “bigger is better”

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And Teigen, of course, had a great response—offering us a new life mantra in the process. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Chrissy Teigen Issued Her Best Clapback Yet After Sharing This Breastfeeding Pic," 7 July 2018 So, even though treat yo’self is a great mantra, sometimes a trip to the doctor is really your best bet. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is When to See a Doctor About Eye Pain ASAP," 19 June 2018 Those three simple words neatly sum up both the operating mantra and the allure of this unique addition to the Mansfield dining scene and, by extension, the south Fort Worth restaurant landscape. Andrew Marton, star-telegram, "Fast-casual Char'd adds fusion flair to Mansfield's dining scene | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 4 Apr. 2018 Mr Rauner, by contrast, followed the mantra of Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel: never let a good crisis go to waste. The Economist, "Bruce Rauner discovers bipartisanship," 5 July 2018 The market argument is a mantra of Republicans who have long argued that federal benefits should be more aligned with the private sector. Joe Davidson, Washington Post, "Trump’s aides defend pay freeze and retirement cuts, but raise questions," 10 May 2018 Led by winemaker Hugh Chappelle and viticulturist Ned Horton, Quivira follows the mantra that responsible farming is the best thing for both high-quality wines and the community. Harriot Manley,, "Favorite escapes for Northern California’s eco-minded congressman," 21 June 2018 Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn’t.’’ Senator Jeff Flake, Arizona’s junior senator who is not running for re-election, said McCain’s mantra of ‘‘country before party’’ sets him apart from other senators. Melissa Daniels,, "Arizona Republicans won’t talk about John McCain’s Senate seat," 17 June 2018 For Graham to seize this chance at being in the rotation as a rookie, that has to be his mantra. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Why Hornets rookie Devonte Graham welcomes, isn't rattled by NBA's complex strategies," 4 July 2018

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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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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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