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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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British Dictionary definitions for mantram

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 mantram

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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