A mantra is sometimes used for meditation.
- An example of a mantra is a team saying "We will win" over and over again.
- An example of a mantra is the Buddhist chant "om."
- Hinduism a hymn or portion of text, esp. from the Veda, chanted or intoned as an incantation or prayer
- a syllable, word, etc. repeated during yogic meditation
- a word or slogan often repeated, as to provide inspiration: the store manager's mantra was “always maximize sales”
Origin of mantraSans, akin to mantár-, thinker: see mandarin
- Hinduism A sacred verbal formula repeated in prayer, meditation, or incantation, such as an invocation of a god, a magic spell, or a syllable or portion of scripture containing mystical potentialities.
- a. A commonly repeated word or phrase, especially in advocacy or for motivation: “The mantra of solid-waste management has long been reduce, reuse, recycle” (Susan Freinkel).b. A concept or fact that is mentioned repeatedly, especially in advocacy: “Another mantra of housing bulls in America is that national average house prices have never fallen for a full year since modern statistics began” (Economist).
Origin of mantraSanskrit mantra&hlowdot;; see men-1 in Indo-European roots.
From Sanskrit à¤®à¤¨à¥à¤¤à¥à¤° (mantra). In the sense of "hymn portion of the Vedas" in English since 1808; in the sense of "word or phrase used in meditation" since 1956.