[ uh-brak-suhs ]
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  1. a word of unknown significance found on charms, especially amulets, of the late Greco-Roman world and linked with both Gnostic beliefs and magical practices by the early church fathers.

Origin of abraxas

First recorded in 1710–20; from Greek word abráxas, abrásax, abrasáx, of obscure origin; the combined numerical value of the Greek letters is 365, an important figure in Gnosticism and numerology

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How to use abraxas in a sentence

  • Upon them were engraved mysterious hieroglyphs and figures, called abraxas, and they are known as Abraxoides.

    Scarabs | Isaac Myer
  • The breeding work concerns fowls, canaries, and the Currant moth (abraxas grossulariata).

  • This condition of affairs exists not only in the moth abraxas, but also in the fowl as shown by Pearl.

  • After midsummer, the conspicuous cream, black and yellow-spotted 'Magpie' moth (abraxas grossulariata) is common in gardens.

    The Life-Story of Insects | Geo. H. Carpenter
  • abraxas-stones were so called from having the word abraxas or Abrasax engraved on them.

    Finger-Ring Lore | William Jones

British Dictionary definitions for abraxas


abrasax (əˈbræsəks)

/ (əˈbræksəs) /

  1. an ancient charm composed of Greek letters: originally believed to have magical powers and inscribed on amulets, etc, but from the second century ad personified by Gnostics as a deity, the source of divine emanations

Origin of abraxas

from Greek: invented word

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