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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The term could become Ursula von der Leyen’s new mantra. Charlemagne | Strasbourg, The Economist, "Ursula von der Leyen is elected European Commission president," 16 July 2019 Guerrero joined the district in 2017 after seven years working for schools in San Francisco, where tech companies have long proliferated under a mantra of moving fast and breaking things., "Portland school board says Guerrero needs to work on communication, incident response," 9 July 2019 Less is more seems to be everybody's summer mantra. Bianca Nieves, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner's Favorite White Tank is Only $10," 3 July 2019 Later on Mitchell explains that his story boils down to a simple mantra D.O.N., or determination over negativity, which also happens to be the name of the Adidas short-film released on YouTube about Mitchell. Robert Rimpson, The Courier-Journal, "Donovan Mitchell says he once doubted he was good enough to play at Louisville," 26 June 2019 That mentality — having fun, playing loose and enjoying the sport — has served as a mantra for the Cadets this season. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "St. Thomas Academy baseball is making history, and having a blast doing it," 19 June 2019 Among Taylor Swift defenders, there is a certain mantra: Wait for the second single. Constance Grady, Vox, "Taylor Swift’s new single “You Need to Calm Down” is exhausting," 14 June 2019 Watch it: Game 6, Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC; International viewers, check your local listings World Surf League waves goodbye to dirty oceans The World Surf League is marking World Oceans Day with a new mantra: #StopTrashingWaves. Kevin Dotson, CNN, "The FIFA Women's World Cup kicks off a big sports weekend featuring the Belmont Stakes and NHL Stanley Cup Final," 7 June 2019 Who was the man behind all of this ferocious screaming and all of the sly spouting of cynical public-relations mantras? Mark Dawidziak,, "‘Loudest Voice’ fails with rise and fall of Roger Ailes," 28 June 2019

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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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