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Topic: HINDUISM

Date: 1700-1800
Language: Sanskrit
Origin: 'thought, advice', from man 'to think'

mantra

noun
     
man‧tra [countable]
1RRH a word or sound that is repeated as a prayer or to help people meditate
recite/repeat a mantra
He closed his eyes and began to recite a Buddhist mantra.
2 a word or phrase representing a rule or principle which someone often uses, but which other people often find annoying or boring:
The Treasury Secretary has stuck to his mantra that 'a strong dollar is in America's interest'.
3 a piece of holy writing in the Hindu religion
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