apotropaic

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ἀποτρόπαιος (apotrópaios), from ἀποτρέπω (apotrépō).

Adjective[edit]

apotropaic (comparative more apotropaic, superlative most apotropaic)

  1. Intended to ward off evil.
    • 2007, Christopher Hitchens, "Harry Potter: The Boy Who Lived", New York Times Book Review, 12 Aug 2007:
      A boring subtext, about the wisdom or otherwise of actually uttering Voldemort's name, meanwhile robs the apotropaic device of its force.

Derived terms[edit]

Noun[edit]

apotropaic (plural apotropaics)

  1. Any agent intended to ward off evil