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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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”

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But with a best-player available mantra, the potential is there for a surprise if the team decides to make a deal to move back in the first round to acquire extra assets. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons NBA draft: 10 candidates for Round 1 — and a wildcard," 19 June 2019 Parents are encouraged to let their children fail in order to learn, and Silicon Valley sings the mantra that failing and iterating is the best path to success. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "Theresa May’s final days in office are a lesson in learning from failure," 5 June 2019 The mantra today is that all must be dealt with, talked out, coped with, opened up, faced squarely. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "We the seagulls," 22 June 2018 But the mantra can become rote, flight attendants told CNN, both for those who deliver it several times a day and for the passengers whose lives it's intended to protect. Thom Patterson, CNN, "A lot of people wore their oxygen masks wrong during the Southwest emergency landing," 19 Apr. 2018 The mantra is featured in the gym's handbook and in their company logo. Jared Boyd,, "Alabama gymnastics academy pushes on despite 'Nasser' name," 1 Feb. 2018 There are many different kinds including mantra, mindfulness and breath awareness., "Getting personal about esophageal cancer risks: Dear Annie," 3 June 2019 Unlike their makeup artist counterparts, the polish pros seemed to abide by a more-is-more mantra at shows like Kenzo, Balenciaga, Ryan Lo, and Manish Arora, where scintillating sparkle and talon-like tips ruled. Amber Kallor, Allure, "How the '80s Are Staging A Major Comeback," 17 Feb. 2018 While modeling pieces from her Kendall + Kylie fashion collection, Jenner stayed true to her mantra, flaunted her chest in a semi-sheer black top. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Kendall Jenner Forgot to Pack a Bra for Cannes: A Recap of Her Braless Red Carpet Moments," 14 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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