apotropaic

apotropaic
adjective Etymology: Greek apotropaios, from apotrepein to avert, from apo- + trepein to turn Date: 1883 designed to avert evil <
an apotropaic ritual
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apotropaically adverb

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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 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 —    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… …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • 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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