Sunday, April 08, 2012
Definitions for apotropaic
- Intended to ward off evil.
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Citations for apotropaic
Ritualistic behaviour used as an apotropaic to ward off private demons, yes. Except to Raymond there's danger everywhere.
In an older kind of fairy story, the magic of the flowers would be potent but unspecified, vaguely apotropaic.
Origin of apotropaic
Apotropaic came into common usage in the 1880s. It comes from the Greek word apotrópai meaning "averting evil."