Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of a comparatively recent class of Hindu or Buddhist religious literature written in Sanskrit and concerned with powerful ritual acts of body, speech, and mind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Hindu or Buddhist religious or esoteric text.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A ceremonial treatise related to Puranic and magic literature; esp., one of the sacred works of the worshipers of Sakti.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of a class of recent Sanskrit religious works, in which mysticism and magic play a great part.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of a fairly recent class of Hindu or Buddhist religious literature concerned with ritual acts of body and speech and mind
  • n. doctrine of enlightenment as the realization of the oneness of one's self and the visible world; combines elements of Hinduism and paganism including magical and mystical elements like mantras and mudras and erotic rites; especially influential in Tibet

Etymologies

Sanskrit tantram, doctrine, loom; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit तन्त्र (Wiktionary)

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