mantra
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈmæn.tɹə/, /ˈmʌn.tɹə/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈmɑn.tɹə/, /ˈmæn.tɹə/, /ˈmʌn.tɹə/
Noun

mantra (plural mantras)

  1. (Hinduism) The hymn portions of the Vedas; any passage of these used as a prayer. [from 1808]
    Synonyms: incantation, intonation, recitation
    • 2001, Gautam Chatterjee, Sacred Hindu Symbols, Abhinav Publications (ISBN 9788170173977), page 36:
      This mantra is also known as Guru Mantra or Savitri Mantra. The mention of Gayatri Mantra is found in all the four Vedas where its essence has been explained repeatedly. The Rig Veda, the oldest of the Vedic scriptures, has mentioned about […]
  2. (originally, Hinduism) A phrase repeated to assist concentration during meditation. [from 1956]
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    • 1999, Ryûichi Abé, The Weaving of Mantra: Kûkai and the Construction of Esoteric Buddhist Discourse, Columbia University Press (ISBN 9780231528870), page 300:
      However, the five-syllable mantra is unique, for according to Kukai, it unleashes the power of emptiness already impregnated in each letter as a primeval episode of the Dharmakaya's cosmic meditation in which he created all sorts of mantras […]
  3. (by extension) A slogan or phrase often repeated.
    Synonyms: catchphrase, phrase, saying, slogan
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