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noun Anthropology.
  1. a generalized, supernatural force or power, which may be concentrated in objects or persons.
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Origin of mana

Borrowed into English from Polynesian around 1835–45


  1. Mannai.
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or Man·a, Min·ni

  1. an ancient kingdom in Iran, in Kurdistan.
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noun anthropol
  1. (in Polynesia, Melanesia, etc) a concept of a life force, believed to be seated in the head, and associated with high social status and ritual power
  2. any power achieved by ritual means; prestige; authority
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Word Origin

from Polynesian
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Word Origin and History for mana


"power, authority, supernatural power," 1843, from Maori, "power, authority, supernatural power."

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