apotropaic

[ap-uh-truh-pey-ik]
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adjective

intended to ward off evil.

Nearby words

  1. apothegm,
  2. apothem,
  3. apotheosis,
  4. apotheosize,
  5. apothesis,
  6. apotropaism,
  7. app,
  8. app.,
  9. appal,
  10. appalachia

Origin of apotropaic

1880–85; < Greek apotrópai(os) averting evil (see apo-, trope) + -ic

Related formsap·o·tro·pa·i·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for apotropaic

apotropaic

adjective

preventing or intended to prevent evil

Word Origin for apotropaic

C19: from Greek apotropaios turning away (evil), from apotrepein; see apo-, trope

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Word Origin and History for apotropaic

apotropaic

adj.

1883, with -ic + Greek apotropaios "averting evil," from apotrepein "to turn away, avert," from apo- "off, away" (see apo-) + trepein "to turn" (see trope).

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