tantra

noun, often capitalized tan·tra \ ˈtən-trə , ˈtän- , ˈtan- \
Updated on: 6 May 2018

Definition of tantra

: one of the later Hindu or Buddhist scriptures dealing especially with techniques and rituals including meditative and sexual practices; also : the rituals or practices outlined in the tantra

tantric

play \ˈtən-trik, ˈtän-, ˈtan-\ adjective, often capitalized

Tantrism

play \ˈtən-ˌtri-zəm, ˈtän-, ˈtan-\ noun

Tantrist

play \ˈtən-trist, ˈtän-, ˈtan-\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of tantra

Sanskrit, literally, warp, from tanoti he stretches, weaves; akin to Greek teinein to stretch — more at thin


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