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apotropaism

[ ap-uh-truh-pey-iz-uhm ]
/ ˌæp ə trəˈpeɪ ɪz əm /
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noun

the use of magic and ritualistic ceremony to anticipate and prevent evil.

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Origin of apotropaism

<Greek apotrópai(on) object that averts evil (see apotropaic) + -ism
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