apotropaic


apo·tro·pa·ic

adjective \ˌa-pə-trō-ˈpā-ik\

Definition of APOTROPAIC

:  designed to avert evil <an apotropaic ritual>
apo·tro·pa·i·cal·ly \-ˈpā-ə-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin of APOTROPAIC

Greek apotropaios, from apotrepein to avert, from apo- + trepein to turn
First Known Use: 1883

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