abracadabra

noun ab·ra·ca·dab·ra \ ˌa-brə-kə-ˈda-brə \
Updated on: 6 Jan 2018

Definition of abracadabra

1 : a magical charm or incantation
2 : unintelligible language

Examples of abracadabra in a Sentence

  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”

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Origin and Etymology of abracadabra

borrowed from Late Latin, of obscure origin


ABRACADABRA Defined for Kids

abracadabra

noun ab·ra·ca·dab·ra \ ˌa-brə-kə-ˈda-brə \

Definition of abracadabra for Students

: a magical charm or word


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