- a mystical word or expression used in incantations, on amulets, etc., as a magical means of warding off misfortune, harm, or illness.
- any charm or incantation using nonsensical or supposedly magical words.
- meaningless talk; gibberish; nonsense.
Origin of abracadabra
Examples from the Web for abracadabra
Contemporary Examples of abracadabra
Chandelier, swimming pool, patient EKG, Abracadabra, you are free.Catastrophe in Verse
April 21, 2011
The first entry is “Abracadabra,” which at one time was an ancient code used by Egyptian priests, and ends with “Zoroastrianism.”The Craziest Religions
July 24, 2010
Wei somehow slips in unnoticed, has a private tête-à-tête with the powers that be, and abracadabra, deal done.China's Financial Insider
March 18, 2010
Historical Examples of abracadabra
If my reader finds this bosh and abracadabra, all right for him.Fantasia of the Unconscious
D. H. Lawrence
His Bolshevik abracadabra has seduced the workers of every race.The Behavior of Crowds
Everett Dean Martin
"All this is Abracadabra to me," I replied quickly, in fear of a torrent.Dariel
R. D. Blackmore
So he began his abracadabra, but Sunday came and Sunday passed, and no John appeared.A Book of the West. Volume I Devon
And you ought not to leave Abra, for Abra only is Abracadabra.Yellow-Cap and Other Fairy-Stories For Children
- a spoken formula, used esp by conjurors
- a word used in incantations, etc, considered to possess magic powers
- gibberish; nonsense
Word Origin for abracadabra
magical formula, 1690s, from Latin (Q. Severus Sammonicus, 2c.), from Late Greek Abraxas, cabalistic or gnostic name for the supreme god, and thus a word of power. It was written out in a triangle shape and worn around the neck to ward off sickness, etc. Another magical word, from a mid-15c. writing, was ananizapta.