apotropaic

[ ap-uh-truh-pey-ik ]
/ ˌæp ə trəˈpeɪ ɪk /

adjective

intended to ward off evil.

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Origin of apotropaic

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

OTHER WORDS FROM apotropaic

ap·o·tro·pa·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for apotropaic

apotropaic
/ (ˌæpəʊtrəˈpeɪɪk) /

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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