abracadabra

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

Definition of abracadabra

  1. 1 :  a magical charm or incantation

  2. 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>

Origin and Etymology of abracadabra

Late Latin


First Known Use: 1565


ABRACADABRA Defined for Kids

abracadabra

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

Definition of abracadabra for Students

  1. :  a magical charm or word



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