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 That mantra — that no amount of preparation will account for all variables — extended far beyond the technique, recovery and film review strategies shared across two days at the Omni Hotel adjacent to Cowboys headquarters at the Star in Frisco. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Inside the NFL offensive linemen summit, where players prepare for a season of uncertainty," 14 July 2020 When the league restarts later this month in Orlando, Fla., with the Spurs guaranteed eight more regular-season games, Murray’s aim is to live by a mantra instilled in him as a teenager growing up in Seattle. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "For Spurs’ Dejounte Murray, every game counts," 13 July 2020 Rockhouse follows the same mantra, asking you to unplug and stay a while. Kate Donnelly, Travel + Leisure, "This Resort In Jamaica Is Like the Adult Summer Camp You’ve Always Wanted," 12 July 2020 Another idea, sing to a loved one on voicemail, or share a soothing mantra. Kelsey Crowe, NBC News, "4 ways to develop more empathy during this difficult time," 3 June 2020 But the 2021 Raptor is certainly on its way, and the new version will follow the same mantra as the last two generations. Mihir Maddireddy, Car and Driver, "2021 Ford F-150 Raptor: Here's What to Expect," 10 July 2020 Harbaugh's mantra: 'Providence will favor the prepared' Since mid-March, when the outbreak forced a suspension of all in-person recruiting, Michigan has added 17 verbal commitments to its 19-man class. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "How Jim Harbaugh & Michigan football recruiting are thriving with virtual visits," 9 July 2020 The phrase is a mantra of the pro-democracy movement, etched on flags, walls and T-shirts. Washington Post, "Beijing names hard-liner who crushed protests to head Hong Kong security agency," 3 July 2020 In addition to revealing the radical dimensions of a civil rights icon who's often flattened to his non-violence mantra, the essay helps us to understand why the current Black Lives Matter protests, fueled by years of organizing, feel so impactful. CNN, "Performative activism, MLK and the BET Awards: A look back at the week in race and culture," 2 July 2020

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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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The first known use of mantra was in 1795

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26 Jul 2020

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“Mantra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mantra. Accessed 6 Aug. 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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