[ ab-ruh-kuh-dab-ruh ]
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  1. a mystical word or expression used in incantations, on amulets, etc., as a magical means of warding off misfortune, harm, or illness.

  2. any charm or incantation using nonsensical or supposedly magical words.

  1. meaningless talk; gibberish; nonsense.

Origin of abracadabra

1690–1700; <Late Latin, probably <Late Greek, perhaps reflecting recitation of the initial letters of the alphabet; cf. abecedary

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How to use abracadabra in a sentence

  • It was as though a charm, an abracadabra, had been whispered over Mrs. Sampson and she had been changed immediately into a rabbit.

    The Cathedral | Sir Hugh Walpole
  • But after an hour or more, Billys deepest voice would boom, abracadabra!

    Maida's Little Shop | Inez Haynes Irwin
  • "Somebody ought to say an abracadabra charm ovah it," she suggested.

  • And mumbling his “abracadabra” over the sand spread on a cloth before him, he took up his bamboo-stick and wrote therein––Khalid!

    The Book of Khalid | Ameen Rihani

British Dictionary definitions for abracadabra


/ (ˌæbrəkəˈdæbrə) /

  1. a spoken formula, used esp by conjurors

  1. a word used in incantations, etc, considered to possess magic powers

  2. gibberish; nonsense

Origin of abracadabra

C17: from Latin: magical word used in certain Gnostic writings, perhaps related to Greek Abraxas; see abraxas

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