But his mantra has always been, ‘If they can get her, they can have her.’
"Our mantra throughout was always, this is a real world," Weiss said.
It is a source of unease precisely because it seems so off in a society that preaches a mantra of equality of opportunity.
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.