Definition of

Mantra

  1. (noun, communication) (Sanskrit) literally a `sacred utterance' in Vedism; one of a collection of orally transmitted poetic hymns
  2. (noun, communication) a commonly repeated word or phrase

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Origin of the word Mantra

  1. 1808, "that part of the Vedas which contains hymns," from Skt. mantra-s "sacred message or text, charm, spell, counsel," lit. "instrument of thought," related to manyate "thinks." Sense of "special word used for meditation" is first recorded in Eng. 1956. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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