apotropaic

   Greek for "turning away," refers to objects designed to ward off evil, as a good luck charm, amulet, or talisman is intended to avert ill fortune. In cultures as varied as those of ancient Greece and contemporary Tibet, apotropaics have usually been employed to work against the "evil eye," and are often themselves images of eyes.

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  • apotropaic — apotropáic adj. m., pl. apotropáici; f. sg. apotropáică, pl. apotropáice Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  APOTROPÁIC, Ă, apotropaici, ce, adj. (Despre obiecte, ritualuri etc.) Care protejează împotriva răului …   Dicționar Român

  • apotropaic — (adj.) 1883, with IC (Cf. ic), from Gk. apotropaios averting evil, from apotrepein to turn away, avert, from apo off, away (see APO (Cf. apo )) + trepein to turn (see TROPE (Cf. trope)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • apotropaic — [ap΄ō trō pā′ik, ap΄ətrō pā′ik] adj. safeguarding against evil apotropaically adv …   English World dictionary

  • apotropaic — adjective Etymology: Greek apotropaios, from apotrepein to avert, from apo + trepein to turn Date: 1883 designed to avert evil < an apotropaic ritual > • apotropaically adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • apotropaic — adjective Intended to ward off evil. See Also: apotropaeus, apotropaically, apotropaic eye, apotropaism …   Wiktionary

  • apotropaic — apotropaically, adv. /ap euh treuh pay ik/, adj. intended to ward off evil. [1880 85; < Gk apotrópai(os) averting evil (see APO , TROPE) + IC] * * * …   Universalium

  • apotropaic — adj. warding off evil, made to ward off evil …   English contemporary dictionary

  • apotropaic — [ˌapətrə peɪɪk] adjective supposedly having the power to avert evil or bad luck. Derivatives apotropaically adverb Origin C19: from Gk apotropaios, from apotrepein turn away or from + ic …   English new terms dictionary

  • apotropaic — ap·o·tro·pa·ic …   English syllables

  • apotropaic — ap•o•tro•pa•ic [[t]ˌæp ə trəˈpeɪ ɪk[/t]] adj. ant intended to ward off evil • Etymology: 1880–85; < Gk apotrópai(os) averting evil (see apo , trope) + ic ap o•tro•pa′i•cal•ly, adv …   From formal English to slang

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