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[uh-brak-suh s] /əˈbræk səs/
a word of unknown significance found on charms, especially amulets, of the late Greco-Roman world and linked with both Gnostic beliefs and magical practices by the early church fathers.
Origin of abraxas
< Greek abráxas, abrasáx, of obscure origin; the combined numerical value of the Gk letters is 365, an important figure in numerology Unabridged
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an ancient charm composed of Greek letters: originally believed to have magical powers and inscribed on amulets, etc, but from the second century ad personified by Gnostics as a deity, the source of divine emanations
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from Greek: invented word
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Cabalistic word, 1738, of uncertain origin.

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