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Meaning of "apotropaic" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD APOTROPAIC

From Greek apotropaios turning away (evil), from apotrepein.
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PRONUNCIATION OF APOTROPAIC

apotropaic  [ˌæpəʊtrəˈpeɪɪk] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF APOTROPAIC

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Apotropaic is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES APOTROPAIC MEAN IN ENGLISH?

apotropaic

Apotropaic magic

Apotropaic magic is a type of magic intended to "turn away" harm or evil influences, as in deflecting misfortune or averting the evil eye. "Apotropaic" observances may also be practiced out of vague superstition or out of tradition, as in good luck charm, amulets, or gestures such as fingers crossed or knocking on wood. The Greeks made offerings to the Averting Gods,, chthonic deities and heroes who grant safety and deflect evil.

Definition of apotropaic in the English dictionary

The definition of apotropaic in the dictionary is preventing or intended to prevent evil.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH APOTROPAIC


algebraic
ˌældʒɪˈbreɪɪk
allogeneic
ˈælədʒəˌneɪɪk
Altaic
ælˈteɪɪk
Aramaic
ˌærəˈmeɪɪk
archaic
ɑːˈkeɪɪk
deltaic
delˈteɪɪk
formulaic
ˌfɔːmjʊˈleɪɪk
Hebraic
hɪˈbreɪɪk
Judaic
dʒuːˈdeɪɪk
laic
ˈleɪɪk
maleic
məˈleɪɪk
mosaic
məˈzeɪɪk
Pharisaic
ˌfærɪˈseɪɪk
photomosaic
ˌfəʊtəʊməˈzeɪɪk
photovoltaic
ˌfəʊtəʊvɒlˈteɪɪk
prosaic
prəʊˈzeɪɪk
Ptolemaic
ˌtɒlɪˈmeɪɪk
stenopaic
ˌstɛnəˈpeɪɪk
voltaic
vɒlˈteɪɪk
xenogeneic
ˌzɛnəʊdʒɪˈneɪɪk

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE APOTROPAIC

apothecaries
apothecaries´ measure
apothecaries´ weight
apothecary
apothece
apothecia
apothecial
apothecium
apothegm
apothegmatic
apothegmatical
apothegmatist
apothegmatize
apothem
apotheoses
apotheosis
apotheosise
apotheosize
apotropaically
apotropaism

WORDS THAT END LIKE APOTROPAIC

Alcaic
Biblical Aramaic
Chaldaic
choleraic
craic
Cyrenaic
dispondaic
Eddaic
mesaraic
Mishnaic
Mithraic
paradisaic
premosaic
Romaic
saic
Sinaic
spondaic
stanzaic
trochaic
Ural-Altaic

Synonyms and antonyms of apotropaic in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «apotropaic» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF APOTROPAIC

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Translator English - Chinese

apotropaic
1,325 millions of speakers

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apotropaic
570 millions of speakers

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apotropaic
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

apotropaic
380 millions of speakers
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apotropaic
280 millions of speakers

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apotropaic
278 millions of speakers

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apotropaic
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

apotropaic
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

apotropaïque
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Apotropaic
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

apotropaic
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

厄よけの
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Translator English - Korean

apotropaic
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Apotropaic
85 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Vietnamese

apotropaic
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

apotropaic
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

एपोट्रोपिक
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

apotropaic
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

apotropaico
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

apotropeiczny
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

apotropaic
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

apotropaic
30 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Greek

αποτροπαϊκό
15 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Afrikaans

apotropaic
14 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Swedish

apotropaic
10 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Norwegian

apotropaic
5 millions of speakers

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «APOTROPAIC»

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «APOTROPAIC»

Discover the use of apotropaic in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to apotropaic and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Toni Morrison's Beloved and the Apotropaic Imagination
Toni Morrison's Beloved and the Apotropaic Imagination investigates Toni Morrison's Beloved in light of ancient Greek influences, arguing that the African American experience depicted in the novel can be set in a broader context than is ...
Kathleen Marks, 2002
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The World's Eye
As far back as we can get any glimmer of thought, this idea — the concept of the Apotropaic Eye — has existed. It is still very much alive in many parts of the world today, and the explanatory threads which lead back from antiquity to prehistory ...
Albert M. Potts
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Empowered Writing: Exorcistic and Apotropaic Rituals in ...
Another instance where a scripture has exorcistic and demon-dispelling or apotropaic properties appears in the Hou Hanshu: Gongsha Mu [...] lived without companions in the Jiancheng Mountains, where he built himself a hovel in the woods ...
Stephan Peter Bumbacher, 2012
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The Organization of the Pyramid Texts: Typology and Disposition
Other Attributes: Series with Apotropaic and Coffin Texts: Sequence 157; Subsequences 215–216 Group: K Pt 230 Category: Personal text Person: 3rd Reference: 3rd at §231a–b (W): pz.n W. tA pz.n W. gbb pz.n W. it n(i ) pz sw “Unas's ...
Harold M. Hays, 2012
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Temple Decoration and Cultural Identity in the Archaic Greek ...
... Delphi around 580. The sphinx was thus a constant presence in Archaic sanctuaries, but its meaning is disputed. Some regard it as an "apotropaic" figure (a concept discussed in Chapter 6), others as an attribute of the god of the sanctuary.
Clemente Marconi, 2007
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Egyptology at the Dawn of the Twenty-first Century: ...
The. Function. of. M? as. a. Mobilized. Form. in. a. Theological. Environment: The. Apotropaic. "Ritual. of. Overthrowing. Apophis"1. Panagiotis I. M. Kousoulis University of the Aegean Magical and ritual sources have characteristically tended to ...
Zahi A. Hawass, 2003
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Religion and Anthropology: A Critical Introduction
The third system of Buddhism Spiro refers to as Apotropaic Buddhism, which is essentially concerned, like the Nat cults, in protecting the individual from existential problems - illness, drought, snake-bites, and other misfortunes. Even Kammatic ...
Brian Morris, 2006
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Apotropaic Magic
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Apotropaic magic is a type of magic intended to "turn away" harm or evil influences.
Jesse Russell, Ronald Cohn, 2012
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The Background and Content of Paul's Cultic Atonement Metaphors
Apotropaism and Its Assimilation to Sacrifice McLean considers expulsion rituals to be a kind of apotropaic rite, but the term apotropaic has long designated an amulet or figure that diverts evil from the community.1 The curse transmission ritual ...
Stephen Finlan, 2004
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Sociobiology and the Arts
Ethological. Aspects. of. Apotropaic. Symbolism. in. Art. Oirista Siincriin Introduction Human visual perception has been shown to be a higbly biased process. This means that information of the external world is analyzed in a most specific and ...
Jan Baptist Bedaux, Brett Cooke, 1999

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «APOTROPAIC»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term apotropaic is used in the context of the following news items.
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Abracadabra! The power of spells against the forces of evil
... evil forces, was written with apotropaic purposes. Archaeologists found many amulets in the shape of a triangle with the word abracadabra. «Ancient Origins, Jun 15»
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Vaee Solis Releasing "Adversarial Light"
"Lamia's apotropaic shriek, lined by melancholic yet intensely melodic bards provided in the shadows with long and phallic guitars, takes away ... «Metal Underground, Jun 15»
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Bodies pinned in graves suggest Ancient Greeks feared the walking …
... skeletons in a Polish cemetery that had rocks and sickles placed across their necks in these strange funerals, known as apotropaic burials. «Daily Mail, Jun 15»
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Canny collaborations: Lanzavecchia + Wai
The brief was to create a collection of ceramic objects with animistic and even apotropaic (having the power to avert evil influences) ... «AsiaOne, Jun 15»
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Pompeii fresco depicts hapless Priapus with a painful condition
Even in more recent times, he wrote, wax phallic images continued to show the condition as an apotropaic measure. Apotropaic means it has ... «Ancient Origins, Jun 15»
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Talk will unlock the secrets of Nevern Castle
“We found apotropaic symbols scratched onto slates in the entrance to the castle, which were designed to ward off evil, the first time such ... «Western Telegraph, Jun 15»
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Death and drama at Sydney Uni museum's Egyptian display
The narrative reads from left to right, beginning with three protective serpents equipped with arms and legs, holding apotropaic scorpions, then ... «The Australian, Jun 15»
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torah | Priestly Blessing taps our faith in magic of words
... blessing is found in other such incantations of this period, suggesting its magical power to turn away evil forces, called an apotropaic power. «Jweekly.com, May 15»
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The destruction of an Assyrian palace
The other monumental rooms of the palace were decorated with apotropaic scenes that depicted different otherworldly creatures. The palace ... «OUPblog, May 15»
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Obama, Bush and Carson believe this nonsense? Our faith-addled …
Appealing to an inexistent supernatural being is not a discipline, but, rather, an apotropaic ritual worthy of study by anthropologists and ... «Salon, May 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Apotropaic [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/apotropaic>. Feb 2020 ».
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