mantra

[man-truh, mahn-, muhn-]
noun
1.
Hinduism. a word or formula, as from the Veda, chanted or sung as an incantation or prayer.
2.
an often repeated word, formula, or phrase, often a truism: If I hear the “less is more” mantra one more time, I'll scream.
Also, mantram.


Origin:
1800–10; < Sanskrit

mantric, adjective
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mantra (ˈmæntrə, ˈmʌn-)
 
n
1.  Hinduism any of those parts of the Vedic literature which consist of the metrical psalms of praise
2.  Hinduism, Buddhism any sacred word or syllable used as an object of concentration and embodying some aspect of spiritual power
 
[C19: from Sanskrit, literally: speech, instrument of thought, from man to think]

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mantra
1808, "that part of the Vedas which contains hymns," from Skt. mantra-s "sacred message or text, charm, spell, counsel," lit. "instrument of thought," related to manyate "thinks." Sense of "special word used for meditation" is first recorded in Eng. 1956.
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Example sentences
He said that we all possess a mantra unique to us.
The constant mantra of money management advisers is this: Save, save, save.
Today's globe-trotter follows a simple mantra: light and wired.
Instead, take your meaning and make a mantra out of it.
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