EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . 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 Related forms man·tric, adjective
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Examples from the Web for mantric Historical Examples of mantric British Dictionary definitions for mantric noun 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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Word Origin and History for mantric 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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