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”

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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, PEOPLE.com, "Kendall Jenner Forgot to Pack a Bra for Cannes: A Recap of Her Braless Red Carpet Moments," 14 May 2018 So basically our spring mantra is: Take all of our money, Joanna! Megan Stein, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines's Easter Collection Drops in 4 Days and We Already Know What We're Buying," 20 Feb. 2019 As of today, his mantra might as well include a new phrase: one man. The Economist, "Turkey’s president sweeps the board and assumes greater powers," 25 June 2018 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, latimes.com, "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

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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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mantra

noun

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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