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English

Etymology

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).

Pronunciation

Noun

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talisman

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  1. A small amulet or other object, often bearing magical symbols, worn for protection against evil spirits or the supernatural.

Quotations

  • 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.

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Croatian

Noun

talisman m. sg.

  1. talisman

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