a spoken word or set of words believed to have magic power <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> Related Words cantrip [chiefly Scottish]
unintelligible or meaningless talk <after some abracadabra the spiritualist announced that we had made contact with “the other side”> Synonyms abracadabra
, double Dutch
, mumbo jumbo
Related Words blah
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