intended to ward off evil.

1880–85; < Greek apotrópai(os) averting evil (see apo-, trope) + -ic

apotropaically, adverb
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apotropaic (ˌæpəʊtrəˈpeɪɪk)
preventing or intended to prevent evil
[C19: from Greek apotropaios turning away (evil), from apotrepein; see apo-, trope]

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Word Origin & History

1883, from Gk. apotropaios "averting evil," from apotrepein "to turn away, avert," from apo- "off, away" + trepein "to turn" (see trope).
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Example sentences
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.
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