talisman

[tal-is-muhn, -iz-]
noun, plural talismans.
1.
a stone, ring, or other object, engraved with figures or characters supposed to possess occult powers and worn as an amulet or charm.
2.
any amulet or charm.
3.
anything whose presence exercises a remarkable or powerful influence on human feelings or actions.

Origin:
1630–40; < French or SpanishArabic ṭilasm < Greek télesma payment, equivalent to teles- (variant stem of teleîn to complete, perform) + -ma noun suffix of result

talismanic [tal-is-man-ik, -iz-] , talismanical, adjective
talismanically, adverb
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talisman (ˈtælɪzmən)
 
n , pl -mans
1.  a stone or other small object, usually inscribed or carved, believed to protect the wearer from evil influences
2.  anything thought to have magical or protective powers
 
[C17: via French or Spanish from Arabic tilsam, from Medieval Greek telesma ritual, from Greek: consecration, from telein to perform a rite, complete, from telos end, result]
 
talismanic
 
adj

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talisman
1630s, from Fr. talisman, in part via Arabic tilsam (pl. tilsaman), a Gk. loan-word; in part directly from Byzantine Gk. telesma "talisman, religious rite, payment," earlier "consecration, ceremony," originally "completion," from telein "perform (religious rites), pay (tax), fulfill," from telos "completion,
end, tax" (see tele-).
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Example sentences
The words have become a weird talisman and are applied way, way out of context.
He likes to illustrate the point with an ancient talisman of the hypnotic trade: the pocket watch hanging on a chain.
It was accessorized by the ultimate talisman of middle-school innocence, a headband.
And dissidents everywhere now have a stirring precedent and talisman to invoke.
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