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mantra

[man-truh, mahn-, muhn-] /ˈmæn trə, ˈmɑn-, ˈmʌn-/
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
1800-1810
1800-10; < Sanskrit
Related forms
mantric, adjective
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Examples from the web for mantra
  • 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.
  • That's her internal monologue and, for much of the time at least, the mantra soothes her.
  • Rachel glared at her husband and silently played her mantra in her head: Do not act a fool.
  • Still, it seemed less an informed decision than a mantra.
  • The mantra is plastered on billboards across the state and is a popular refrain in the locker room.
  • Journalists reporting on science in the popular media should make a mantra of that.
  • There are days, however, that I find his stop-and-smell-the-roses mantra almost cruel.
British Dictionary definitions for mantra

mantra

/ˈmæntrə; ˈmʌn-/
noun
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
Word Origin
C19: from Sanskrit, literally: speech, instrument of thought, from man to think
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Word Origin and History for mantra
n.

1808, "that part of the Vedas which contains hymns," from Sanskrit mantra-s "sacred message or text, charm, spell, counsel," literally "instrument of thought," related to manyate "thinks," from PIE root *men- "to think" (see mind (n.)). Sense of "special word used for meditation" is first recorded in English 1956.

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