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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mantric \-​trik \ adjective

Examples of mantra in a Sentence

a businessman whose mantra is “bigger is better”

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Fendi, Fendi, Fendi could have been the mantra last night in Los Angeles and New York as the Italian house celebrated its latest offerings under the banner, Fendi Mania. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Fendi Mania Reaches Both Coasts at Two Star-Studded Parties," 17 Oct. 2018 But this new mantra from current general manager Jerry Dipoto is something new. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: What does Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto mean about a ‘step back’ in 2019?," 21 Nov. 2018 Microsoft built in a bit of intelligence, too, allowing Sticky Notes to parse URLs as clickable links—but the basic design mantra has been to keep it as simple as possible. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hints of Windows 10's 2019 future show up in early '19H1' builds," 6 Nov. 2018 And whether the opposition’s build-the-wall mantra might backfire in the state with the longest border with Mexico. Matt Viser, Town & Country, "Why So Many People Are Betting on Beto O'Rourke," 26 July 2018 My mantra is Truth BE Worn’s tagline: Embrace your truth, inspire others. Elizabeth Wellington,, "Watch out DVF, Truth BE Worn is coming for your wrap dress cred | Elizabeth Wellington," 7 June 2018 Our mantra is: Take care and give care.’’ Laye said the church and its programming is a tribute to Arlo Guthrie’s dad, who believed people down on their luck need a hand up every now and then. Thomas Farragher,, "What’s changed since ‘Alice’s Restaurant’? Everything, and nothing at all," 5 May 2018 Almost his mantra at this point, Whiteside stressed the immeasurable value of honesty and openness with audiences today. Billboard, "Ballet Dancer, Drag Queen, Singer & Podcaster: Inside James Whiteside's Fearless, Authentic Life," 8 June 2018 Kyle has heard most of his motivational mantras but appreciates the support. Scott Springer,, "Bolden ready to bash for the Bearcats," 10 Apr. 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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