Origin of abracadabra
Examples from the Web for abracadabra
Chandelier, swimming pool, patient EKG, Abracadabra, you are free.
The first entry is “Abracadabra,” which at one time was an ancient code used by Egyptian priests, and ends with “Zoroastrianism.”
Wei somehow slips in unnoticed, has a private tête-à-tête with the powers that be, and abracadabra, deal done.
So he began his abracadabra, but Sunday came and Sunday passed, and no John appeared.A Book of the West. Volume I Devon|S. Baring-Gould
Not with impunity can even the Adepts gain and keep the secrets of their evil Abracadabra.Sword and Gown|George A. Lawrence
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
"Abracadabra is a second intention" is neither true nor false.A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive|John Stuart Mill
This word comes from the Abracadabra: "demo," lungs; "crazy," to rule; hence, to rule by caloric.The Roycroft Dictionary|Elbert Hubbard
British Dictionary definitions for abracadabra
Word Origin for abracadabra
Word Origin and History 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.