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apotropaism

[ap-uh-truh-pey-iz-uh m]
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noun
  1. the use of magic and ritualistic ceremony to anticipate and prevent evil.
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Origin of apotropaism

< Greek apotrópai(on) object that averts evil (see apotropaic) + -ism
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