- 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.
Origin of talisman
Examples from the Web for talismanic
Cheney mentions the 9/11 attacks again and again, although ten years later, the talismanic effect has largely worn off.Cheney's Love Letter to Himself
September 7, 2011
The word was talismanic to Dalton, connected, as it was, in his mind with but one subject.The Daltons, Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
Hernando's tongue and the talismanic name of Drake did the rest.Sea-Dogs All!
They are ancient, and were perhaps used as talismanic copies of Nehushtan.The Expositor's Bible
F. W. Farrar
Several pillars were tried before the talismanic one was discovered.The Captain of the Janizaries
James M. Ludlow
It is set all round with precious stones of talismanic virtues.Finger-Ring Lore
- 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
Word Origin and History for talismanic
1630s, from French talisman, in part via Arabic tilsam (plural tilsaman), a Greek loan-word; in part directly from Byzantine Greek telesma "talisman, religious rite, payment," earlier "consecration, ceremony," originally "completion," from telein "perform (religious rites), pay (tax), fulfill," from telos "completion, end, tax" (see tele-).