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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Instead, the new Republican mantra involved securing the border before any talk of proposals like guest worker programs. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, "Democrats say anti-Hispanic tone set by Trump, Texas lawmakers creates 'toxic environment'," 5 Aug. 2019 That was a reference to a 2016 campaign mantra that Trump continues to encourage aimed at that year’s Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. Darlene Superville, Twin Cities, "Trump disavows ‘send her back’ cry, while Ilhan Omar stands defiant," 18 July 2019 Which is a good thing in a country that adheres to the greater-social-good mantra The tallest blade of grass gets cut. Brett Berk, WIRED, "Norway Invites You to Explore Its Electric Vehicle Paradise," 6 July 2019 Lifelong learning has become a mantra in American corporations as employees face pressure to stay relevant in a rapidly evolving workplace. Lauren Weber, WSJ, "‘I’m Still Under Construction’; Six Tales of Lifelong Learning," 27 Feb. 2019 Many managers have intoned this mantra over the years but plenty of employees have probably thought to themselves that, deep down, executives place a higher value on the machines on the factory floor or cash in the bank. The Economist, "Employee happiness and business success are linked," 1 Aug. 2019 With a new head coach in Mel Tucker, a largely new coaching staff and an entirely new set of mantras coming out of Stadium Drive, CU is one of the league’s — and the nation’s — biggest enigmas. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Laviska Shenault to CU Buffs doubters: “I know we’ve been cooking up something special”," 23 July 2019 The city’s unofficial mantra is samiyasui (easy living). Richard Morgan, Fortune, "Japan’s Would-Be Silicon Valley Wants You," 23 July 2019 In addition, Paul said the 56-year-old comic was mischaracterizing his support for the Trump tax cuts as an exception to the lawmaker's fiscal responsibility mantra. Fox News, "Rand Paul says Jon Stewart is 'neither funny nor informed,' slamming 'lies' about 9/11 bill," 19 July 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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