1. a commonly repeated word or phrase
; - Example: "she repeated `So pleased with how its going' at intervals like a mantra"
2. (Sanskrit) literally a `sacred utterance' in Vedism
; one of a collection of orally transmitted poetic hymns
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Mantra \Man"tra\, n. [Skr.]
A prayer; an invocation; a religious formula; a charm.
Note: Among the Hindoos each caste and tribe has a mantra
peculiar to itself; as, the mantra of the Brahmans.
--Balfour (Cyc. of India).
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
39 Moby Thesaurus words for "mantra":
Agnus Dei, Benedicite, Gloria, Gloria Patri, Gloria in Excelsis,
Introit, Magnificat, Miserere, Nunc Dimittis, Te Deum, Trisagion,
Vedic hymn, alleluia, answer, anthem, antiphon, antiphony,
canticle, chant, chorale, doxology, hallelujah, hosanna, hymn,
hymn of praise, hymnody, hymnography, hymnology, laud, motet,
offertory, offertory sentence, paean, psalm, psalmody, report,
response, responsory, versicle