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.


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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. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for mantric

  • The Puranas (ancient shastras or treatises) describe these mantric wars between devas and asuras (gods and demons).

    Autobiography of a YOGI|Paramhansa Yogananda
  • Astral beings can affect their bodies by lifetronic force or by mantric vibrations.

    Autobiography of a YOGI|Paramhansa Yogananda

British Dictionary definitions for mantric

/ (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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