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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Mara(noun)

    Hindu god of death; opposite of Kama

  2. mara, Dolichotis patagonum(noun)

    hare-like rodent of the pampas of Argentina


  1. mara(Noun)

    a rodent, scientific name Dolichotis, common in the Patagonian steppes of Argentina

    Etymology: maizô.

  2. Mara(Noun)

    A member of a predominantly agricultural tribe of southern Assam and western Burma

    Etymology: maizô.

  3. Mara(ProperNoun)

    Hindu god of death; opposite of Kama.

    Etymology: maizô.

  4. Mara(ProperNoun)

    Slavic goddess of winter and death; Marena or Maru017Eanna.

    Etymology: maizô.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mara(noun)

    the principal or ruling evil spirit

    Etymology: [Skr. mra.]

  2. Mara(noun)

    a female demon who torments people in sleep by crouching on their chests or stomachs, or by causing terrifying visions

    Etymology: [Skr. mra.]

  3. Mara(noun)

    the Patagonian cavy (Dolichotis Patagonicus)

    Etymology: [Skr. mra.]


  1. Mara

    Mara, in Buddhism, is the demon that tempted Gautama Buddha by trying to seduce him with the vision of beautiful women who, in various legends, are often said to be Mara's daughters. In Buddhist cosmology, Mara personifies unwholesome impulses, unskillfulness, the "death" of the spiritual life. He is a tempter, distracting humans from practicing the spiritual life by making the mundane, alluring, or the negative seem positive. The early Buddhists, however, rather than seeing Mara as a demonic, virtually all-powerful Lord of Evil, regarded him as more of a nuisance. Many episodes concerning his interactions with the Buddha have a decidedly humorous air to them. In traditional Buddhism four senses of the word "mara" are given. ⁕Klesa-mara, or Mara as the embodiment of all unskillful emotions. ⁕Mrtyu-mara, or Mara as death, in the sense of the ceaseless round of birth and death. ⁕Skandha-mara, or Mara as metaphor for the entirety of conditioned existence. ⁕Devaputra-mara, or Mara the son of a deva, that is, Mara as an objectively existent being rather than as a metaphor. Early Buddhism acknowledged both a literal and "psychological" interpretation of Mara. Mara is described both as an entity having a literal existence, just as the various deities of the Vedic pantheon are shown existing around the Buddha, and also is described as a primarily psychological force — a metaphor for various processes of doubt and temptation that obstruct spiritual practice.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mara in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mara in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of mara in a Sentence

  1. Ngotlai Nohro:

    Eima yna su vaih nata khih liata Mara reih pabohsa tuhpa ma na châ ma, a pahlei tuhpa ma? Keimo duasu tawh chyu ta he thliena he eima hmâh thei aw.

  2. Anthony Khamsei:

    Another fantastic wild adventure to enjoy in the low season is a safari in Kenya's Maasai Mara, high season, July to September, coincides with the Great Migration. But head out in quieter months to pay half price.

  3. Operations Valarie Ianniello:

    Marc knows Matt Damon personally although he did not ask him to do The PSA. He went through his publicist like anyone else would, Operations Valarie Ianniello said. Joaquin Phoenix, Sia, Maggie Q, Pam Anderson, Russell Simmons, and Rooney Mara came through Shaun Monson, who directed them as well.

  4. Eduardo Ramos:

    Employers are worried ... because there's no register for undocumented migrants to see if they've got criminal records in their homelands, if they're members of the Mara Salvatrucha or some other gang.

  5. Mauricio Lopez:

    This may be an attack by the Mara Salvatrucha, because if it had been a rescue, there would have been a shootout with the guards.

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