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apotropaic

[ap-uh-truh-pey-ik] /ˌæp ə trəˈpeɪ ɪk/
adjective
1.
intended to ward off evil.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; < Greek apotrópai(os) averting evil (see apo-, trope) + -ic
Related forms
apotropaically, adverb
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Examples for apotropaic
  • Wright's aim was clearly apotropaic-to warn blacks off from anything suspected of white exploitation.
  • These were apotropaic meaning they were intended to ward off evil.
British Dictionary definitions for apotropaic

apotropaic

/ˌæpəʊtrəˈpeɪɪk/
adjective
1.
preventing or intended to prevent evil
Word Origin
C19: from Greek apotropaios turning away (evil), from apotrepein; see apo-, trope
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Word Origin and History for apotropaic
adj.

1883, with -ic + Greek apotropaios "averting evil," from apotrepein "to turn away, avert," from apo- "off, away" (see apo-) + trepein "to turn" (see trope).

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