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Definition a commonly repeated word or phrase

or in its original meaning:  an utterance repeated in meditation
  • My mantra helps me leave the cares of the world and open myself to meditation.
  • Our shared mantra became "It can always get worse."
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • I repeat it like a mantra as I grab a rock and smash the first rune.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • As long as I repeat the mantra in my head, I know I'm still alive.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • The words He's dead echoed like a mantra she couldn't escape.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • It was like a mantra, the way he had once held her at Renwick's and chanted her name over and over.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • His mantra fell, rhythmic accompaniment for his drumming.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • He took a breath, then added his mantra: "Love each other or die."
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • He had been repeating these words like a mantra for several months.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • Or maybe it was the one in my head, my mantra.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • He was sitting on the ground, his knees drawn up to his chest, and he was chanting the statement like a mantra, but loudly.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • A secret mantra that she could use to choose a lover from among the gods.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • "Keep it together, keep it together, keep it together," I chanted over and over, mantra-like.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • I repeated it like a mantra as she led me across the bog.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  • He sat on the ground with his back to the big tree and prayed to God, the same mantra, over and over.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan's Daughters
  • Nathaniel is back to his mantra.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • Three stands at the heart of the mantra.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • She relived the clenching fist of labor pains, and the mantra she'd used to get through them: When this is done, imagine what you'll have.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Matt knew this was some kind of mantra, a thing hippies chanted in Central Park, but could it also be the motto of the 131st Aviation Company?
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • But as I start off toward Deering all I can think is, I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry, like a mantra, or a prayer.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium

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