apotropaic

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adjective apo·tro·pa·ic \ˌa-pə-trō-ˈpā-ik\

Definition of apotropaic

  1. :  designed to avert evil <an apotropaic ritual>

apotropaically

play \-ˈpā-ə-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of apotropaic

Greek apotropaios, from apotrepein to avert, from apo- + trepein to turn


First Known Use: 1883


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