- a five-pointed, star-shaped figure made by extending the sides of a regular pentagon until they meet, used as an occult symbol by the Pythagoreans and later philosophers, by magicians, etc.
Origin of pentagram
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Examples from the Web for pentagram
One of those men was Jake Ferguson—a drugged-out ex-criminal with natty dreadlocks and a pentagram tattooed on his forehead.Eco-Terrorism Documentary Incites Debate
June 26, 2011
Then he calls a rat to gnaw a gap in the pentagram, and escapes.The Faust-Legend and Goethe's 'Faust'
H. B. Cotterill
"The virtues of the Pentagram endure," he said, with absolute self-possession.The Prince of India, Volume I
Pentagram, pen′ta-gram, n. a five-pointed star: a magic figure so called.
The floor was of red lacquer, and in it was inlaid a pentagram the size of the room, made of wide strips of brass.
In the centre of this pentagram was a circular disk of black stone, slightly saucer-shaped, with a small outlet in the middle.
- a star-shaped figure formed by extending the sides of a regular pentagon to meet at five points
- such a figure used as a magical or symbolic figure by the Pythagoreans, black magicians, etc
Also called: pentacle, pentangle
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Word Origin and History for pentagram
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