a stone, ring, or other object, engraved with figures or characters supposed to possess occult powers and worn as an amulet or charm.
any amulet or charm.
anything whose presence exercises a remarkable or powerful influence on human feelings or actions.
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- tal·is·man·ic [tal-is-man-ik, -iz-], /ˌtæl ɪsˈmæn ɪk, -ɪz-/, tal·is·man·i·cal, adjective
- tal·is·man·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use talisman in a sentence
Schultz adds another sort of meaning by incorporating talismans of historical locations.In the galleries: Photos capture a fleeting moment, leave an indelible impression | Mark Jenkins | September 10, 2021 | Washington Post
Now the 24-year-old could be the latest talisman for Brazil’s famed samba style of soccer, and is poised to make the Copa América his own.
Many served as talismans for female fans in a sexist society.From Britney to Buffy, We're Suddenly Rethinking Postfeminist Pop Culture—and Nothing Could Be Healthier | Judy Berman | March 2, 2021 | Time
These and other aesthetic talismans on display at Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery have been seen in various galleries and museums around the area in recent years.In the galleries: Perspectives on blending culture and identity | Mark Jenkins | December 11, 2020 | Washington Post
It doesn’t take long to figure out that the fastest way to maneuver is to shoot at talismans that float in the air, adding to the Hunter’s dash meter.
The “it” bag was born–a talisman of stylishness and a signifier of insider savvy.
He has become an important talisman either of something very good or very bad.
We are spared, thankfully, the standard liberal talisman of his saunter across the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln.
She kept a copy of The Ambassadors as a talisman on her writing desk when she was working for seven years on her novel Trust.
Lucky ones might take home something that was touched by the artist; a talisman.
The words were a talisman on the benumbed faculties of Louis; he hastened forward, and threw himself into the carriage.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
It was a wonderful talisman, secreted—I fancied in the dream—by the goddess of the Social Revolution.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
The heart of Musa was sprung from the East; the word "fate" was a deadly talisman to him, as to all his race.God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
That Arabic word, picked up at hazard from the dragoman, has acted like a talisman—the pest has actually gone!Round the Wonderful World | G. E. Mitton
In Celtic myth the Silver Bough played a less sinister part, and figures as a fairy talisman to music and delight.Archaic England | Harold Bayley
British Dictionary definitions for talisman
a stone or other small object, usually inscribed or carved, believed to protect the wearer from evil influences
anything thought to have magical or protective powers
- talismanic (ˌtælɪzˈmænɪk), adjective
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