[ ap-uh-truh-pey-ik ]
/ ˌæp ə trəˈpeɪ ɪk /
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intended to ward off evil.
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OTHER WORDS FROM apotropaicap·o·tro·pa·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use apotropaic in a sentence
Examples of human apotropaic vehicles occur in the ancient civilized world.
But the term "apotropaic" is generally used of expulsive ceremonies in which a whole community takes part.
British Dictionary definitions for apotropaic
/ (ˌæpəʊtrəˈpeɪɪk) /
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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