Etymology: From Sanskrit 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.
- the hymn portions of the Vedas; any passage of these used as a prayer
- A phrase repeated to assist concentration during meditation, orig. in Hinduism
- gen., a slogan or phrase often repeated
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