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talisman

[tal-is-muh n, -iz-] /ˈtæl ɪs mən, -ɪz-/
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
1630-1640
1630-40; < French or SpanishArabic ṭilasm < Greek télesma payment, equivalent to teles- (variant stem of teleîn to complete, perform) + -ma noun suffix of result
Related forms
talismanic
[tal-is-man-ik, -iz-] /ˌtæl ɪsˈmæn ɪk, -ɪz-/ (Show IPA),
talismanical, adjective
talismanically, adverb
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Examples from the web for talismanic
  • These are not talismanic objects, the collegiate version of a lucky rabbit's foot.
  • Part of that should be that an advanced degree is not some kind of talismanic key to advanced placement in the work world.
  • Nor has it made the cause of wider home ownership something of talismanic importance.
  • The talismanic power of certain images was not confined to ecclesiastical settings.
  • There is nothing talismanic about selecting a particular list of comparable counties.
  • None of the courts simply slapped on a talismanic phrase.
  • There is thus nothing talismanic about use of a sling or other constraining device on the less-affected limb.
British Dictionary definitions for talismanic

talisman

/ˈtælɪzmən/
noun (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
Derived Forms
talismanic (ˌtælɪzˈmænɪk) adjective
Word Origin
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
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Word Origin and History for talismanic

talisman

n.

1630s, from French talisman, in part via Arabic tilsam (plural tilsaman), a Greek loan-word; in part directly from Byzantine Greek 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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