abracadabra


ab·ra·ca·dab·ra

noun \ˌa-brə-kə-ˈda-brə\

Definition of ABRACADABRA

1
:  a magical charm or incantation
2
:  unintelligible language

Examples of ABRACADABRA

  1. <originally, an abracadabra was a cryptogram of the word abracadabra that was repeated in diminishing form until it disappeared entirely—supposedly just like the targeted evil or misfortune>
  2. <after some abracadabra the spiritualist announced that we had made contact with the other side>

Origin of ABRACADABRA

Late Latin
First Known Use: 1565

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