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mantra

Definitions of Mantra

  1. (noun) A sacred and ritually repeated incantation, meditation, or prayer.
  2. (noun) An oft repeated word or phrase.

Examples of Mantra

  • Definition 1:
    • Om (also called omkara or aumkara), a Sanskrit sound repeated during meditation.
  • Definition 2:
    • “better safe than sorry”
    • “new and improved”

Mantra Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: man·tra

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈmæntrə/
  • British English – /ˈmantrə/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: mantras
  • Also called mantram.

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Cite the Definition of Mantra

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “mantra.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 16, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/mantra/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

mantra. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/mantra/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “mantra.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 16, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/mantra/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“mantra.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 16 Nov. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/mantra/>.