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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Michal Kosinski, an assistant professor at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, is the latest to go after Facebook’s favorite self-defense mantra. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why we can’t stop debating whether Facebook sells data," 14 Dec. 2018 The brand is spreading the artist's mantra with an #ArtIsForEverbody social media campaign. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alice + Olivia Turned Keith Haring’s Iconic ‘80s Art Into a Wearable Collection," 7 Nov. 2018 His mantra of measured spending could be a standard by which future governors are judged. Shelby Grad,, "Essential California: How the Lakers landed LeBron," 2 July 2018 Even some sprinkled-in feminist mantras felt like lip service, and weren’t enough to make the final bow stand out from any other season. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "'House of Cards' Season 6, Surprisingly, Still Needs More Claire," 6 Nov. 2018 In a season of change — the end of Fixer Upper, the beginning of life as a family of seven, the upcoming launch of a new book — Joanna Gaines has adopted a new mantra of sorts. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "There's An Empowering Song Behind Joanna Gaines's "Made Ready" Mantra," 22 Aug. 2018 Every team has a mantra and there are tremendous life lessons to be learned. Scott Springer,, "Springer: June no summer vacation for multi-sport athletes," 8 June 2018 The Kardashians have a family-first mantra, but Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Rob, Kendall and Kylie did grow up in front of the cameras, so several unforgettable fights were bound to make it on screen. Lydia Price,, "The Most Epic Keeping Up with the Kardashians Sibling Fights Ever," 2 Mar. 2018 The online store offers even more witty phrases and the chance to customize a pillow with your own mantra. Sarah Yang, ELLE Decor, "Our Favorite Home Decor Cameos," 7 Mar. 2014

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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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