- a look thought capable of inflicting injury or bad luck on the person at whom it is directed.
- the power, superstitiously attributed to certain persons, of inflicting injury or bad luck by such a look.
Origin of evil eye
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Historical Examples of evil eye
Or if you didn't kill him, you'd cast the evil-eye on him, for you are well known to have the evil-eye.A Terrible Temptation
Dread of the evil-eye is as prevalent with the Jews as with the other races in Turkey.Turkey
Julius R. Van Millingen
These flints were often sewed into the dresses of children to protect them from the Evil-eye.Folk Lore
At present, the Bisara is safe on an ekka-pony's neck, inside the blue bead-necklace that keeps off the Evil-eye.The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition
I reined in sharply, when I saw this person, and he looked at me like the evil-eye, through his great owlish orbs.Campaigns of a Non-Combatant,
George Alfred Townsend
- a look or glance superstitiously supposed to have the power of inflicting harm or injury
- the power to inflict harm, etc, by such a look
The power to cause injury or misfortune, as in The tomatoes died shortly after planting—I must have an evil eye. The source of this expression is the ancient superstitious belief that some individuals could inflict harm on others simply by looking at them. Today the term is generally used figuratively or ironically, as above, and also in the form give someone the evil eye, which means “glare malevolently at someone.” For example, Helen gave his cat the evil eye, hoping it would stay out of her garden. [Late 1300s]