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French talisman partly from Arabic طلسم (ʈílasm) < Ancient Greek τέλεσμα (telesma), “‘payment’”); and partly directly from Byzantine Greek τέλεσμα (“‘talisman, religious rite, completion’”) < τελέω (“‘to perform religious rites, to complete’”) < τέλος (“‘end, fulfillment, accomplishment, consummation, completion’”).
- A small amulet or other object, often bearing magical symbols, worn for protection against evil spirits or the supernatural.
- 1997 — John Peel, War of the Daleks, ch. 10 p. 233
- She kept low, clutching the rifle she'd taken as though it were a magic talisman, as if it would somehow protect her even though she didn't fire it.
- 1916 — Frank Baum, Rinkitink in Oz, ch. 1
- I have in my possession three Magic Talismans, which I have ever guarded with utmost care, keeping the knowledge of their existence from anyone else.
An amulet from the Black Pullet grimoire.
talisman m. sg.
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