or man·tram

[ man-truh, mahn-, muhn- ]
/ ˈmæn trə, ˈmɑn-, ˈmʌn- /


Hinduism. a word or formula, as from the Veda, chanted or sung as an incantation or prayer.
an often repeated word, formula, or phrase, often a truism: If I hear the “less is more” mantra one more time, I'll scream.

Origin of mantra

Borrowed into English from Sanskrit around 1800–10


man·tric, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mantra

/ (ˈmæntrə, ˈmʌn-) /


Hinduism any of those parts of the Vedic literature which consist of the metrical psalms of praise
Hinduism Buddhism any sacred word or syllable used as an object of concentration and embodying some aspect of spiritual power

Word Origin for mantra

C19: from Sanskrit, literally: speech, instrument of thought, from man to think
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