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amulet

[am-yuh-lit] /ˈæm yə lɪt/
noun
1.
a small object worn to ward off evil, harm, or illness or to bring good fortune; protecting charm.
Origin of amulet
1595-1605
1595-1605; (< Middle French amulete) < Latin amulētum
Synonyms
talisman.
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  • In the insidest inside there is a stone box, and in it there is the amulet.

  • At Rome the phallus was an amulet and was worn by all children.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • It becomes the amulet of an affected superiority, the signet ring of a masquerading conspiracy.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
  • It was given as an amulet or charm, and right well has it fulfilled its purpose.

    The Sign of the Spider Bertram Mitford
  • The Indian guides said at once they were the same kind of emerald as that worn by the Amazon Queens for an amulet against disease.

    The Stories of El Dorado Frona Eunice Wait
  • We do not suppose that the bracelet on her arm was an amulet, but it was a symbol.

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • But after you'd given me the whole of the amulet—ah, it was generous of you!

  • She laid one finger on her mouth and concealed the amulet in her bosom.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • But the small boy, thwarted in his attempts to reach the Himalayas, daily traveled far on the wings of his amulet.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • The "amulet," or the "Omelet," just as you like, was a financial success.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for amulet

amulet

/ˈæmjʊlɪt/
noun
1.
a trinket or piece of jewellery worn as a protection against evil; charm
Word Origin
C17: from Latin amulētum, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for amulet
n.

mid-15c., amalettys, from Latin amuletum (Pliny) "thing worn as a charm against spells, disease, etc.," of uncertain origin, perhaps related to amoliri "to avert, to carry away, remove." Not recorded again in English until c.1600; the 15c. use may be via French.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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