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A.Word.A.Day--mantra

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This week's theme: loanwords from Sanskrit.

mantra (MAN-truh) noun

1. A sound, word, or phrase that is repeated in prayer and is believed to have mystical powers.

2. An often repeated word or phrase that is closely associated with something; a slogan, byword, or a watchword.

[From Sanskrit mantra (thought, formula). Ultimately from Indo-European root men- (to think) which is the source of mind, mnemonic, mosaic, music, mentor, money, and mandarin.]

See more usage examples of mantra in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"These tips go beyond the 'test early and often' mantra and will improve your IT organization's testing capabilities."
Meridith Levinson; Testing, 1, 2, 3; CIO (Framingham, Massachusetts); Nov 15, 2005.

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As the State is a soulless machine, it can never be weaned from violence to which it owes its very existence. -Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)

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