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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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 The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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  • noun A Hindu or Buddhist religious or esoteric text.

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

  • noun any of a fairly recent class of Hindu or Buddhist religious literature concerned with ritual acts of body and speech and mind
  • noun 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

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

[Sanskrit tantram, doctrine, loom; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Sanskrit तन्त्र

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