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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Other words from mantra

mantric \-trik \ adjective

Examples of mantra in a Sentence

a businessman whose mantra is “bigger is better”

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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 Shibutani, a two-time U.S. national champion in ice dancing who won a bronze medal in the 2018 Winter Olympics, shared her mantra with the crowd: Be brave. Yadira Sanchez Olson, Lake County News-Sun, "Condoleezza Rice and Olympic medalists look to 'shine a light' on women's empowerment," 27 June 2018 In keeping with Silicon Valley’s mantra of creative destruction, Ad Astra rewrites its curriculum anew each year – with the students deciding about half the subject matter themselves. Mark Harris, Ars Technica, "First space, then auto—now Elon Musk quietly tinkers with education," 25 June 2018 Prime Minister Theresa May dropped her mantra that no agreement is better than a bad one and in March called for an end to threats of walking out. Emma Ross-thomas,, "No-Deal Brexit Risk Is Back as Barnier Warns Talks May Fail," 2 May 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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